Webs of faith as a source of reasonable disagreement

Critical Review 23 (4):421-448 (2011)
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Abstract An individual's beliefs can be seen as rationally related to one another in a kind of web. These beliefs, however, may not form a single, seamless web. There may exist smaller, largely self-contained webs with few or no rational relations to the larger web. Such ?webs of faith? make it possible for reasonable deliberators to persist in a disagreement even under ideal deliberative conditions. The possibility of reasonable disagreement challenges the assumption that rationality should lead to consensus and presents an obstacle to the goals of liberal democracy
Keywords deliberative democracy  web of beliefs  reasonable disagreement  rationally motivated consensus  Rawls  Quine  philosophy of religion  internal critique  burdens of judgment
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