Internal realism and the problem of religious diversity

Philosophia 34 (3):287-301 (2006)
Abstract
This article applies Hilary Putnam’s theory of internal realism to the issue of religious plurality. The result of this application – ‘internalist pluralism’ – constitutes a paradigm shift within the Philosophy of Religion. Moreover, internalist pluralism succeeds in avoiding the major difficulties faced by John Hick’s famous theory of religious pluralism, which views God, or ‘the Real,’ as the noumenon lying behind diverse religious phenomena. In side-stepping the difficulties besetting Hick’s revolutionary Kantian approach, without succumbing to William Alston’s critique of conceptual-scheme dependence, internalist pluralism provides a solution to significant theoretical problems, while doing so in a manner that is respectful of cultural diversity and religious sensitivities.
Keywords Philosophy of religion  Religious pluralism  Internal realism  Internalist pluralism  Hickean pluralism  William P. Alston  Hilary Putnam  Conceptual schemes  Cultural diversity
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