David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Religious Studies 37 (1):59-74 (2001)
In this paper I examine William Alston's work on the epistemology of religious belief, focusing on the threat to the epistemic status of Christian belief presented by awareness of religious diversity. I argue that Alston appears to misunderstand the epistemic significance of the ‘practical rationality’ of the Christian mystical practice. I suggest that this error is due to a more fundamental misunderstanding, regarding the significance of practical rationality, in Alston's ‘doxastic practice’ approach to epistemology; an error that leads to arbitrariness among the class of rational doxastic practices. I suggest how one might remedy this weakness, with an additional, epistemic, criterion that rational doxastic practices must satisfy.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Jerome Gellman (2000). In Defence of a Contented Religious Exclusivism. Religious Studies 36 (4):401-417.
James Kraft (2006). Religious Tolerance Through Religious Diversity and Epistemic Humility. Sophia 45 (2):101-116.
Julian Willard (2003). Plantinga's Epistemology of Religious Belief and the Problem of Religious Diversity. Heythrop Journal 44 (3):275–293.
John Turri (2008). Practical and Epistemic Justification in Alston's Perceiving God. Faith and Philosophy 25 (3):290 - 299.
Philip L. Quinn & Kevin Meeker (eds.) (2000). The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity. Oxford University Press.
Ulf Zackariasson (2006). A Problem with Alston's Indirect Analogy-Argument From Religious Experience. Religious Studies 42 (3):329-341.
Bruce Reichenbach (2012). Religious Experience as an Observational Epistemic Practice. Sophia 51 (1):1-16.
William Hasker (2010). Alston on the Rationality of Doxastic Practices. Faith and Philosophy 27 (2):205-211.
John Hick (1997). The Epistemological Challenge of Religious Pluralism. Faith and Philosophy 14 (3):277-286.
Robert Audi (1995). Perceptual Experience, Doxastic Practice, and the Rationality of Religious Commitment. Journal of Philosophical Research 20:1-18.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads29 ( #103,294 of 1,707,756 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #266,160 of 1,707,756 )
How can I increase my downloads?