Journal of Philosophy 98 (1):19-42 (2001)
Why is science so rare and faith so common in human history? Traditional cultures persist because it is subjectively rational for each maturing child to defer to the unanimous beliefs of his elders, regardless of any personal doubts. Science is possible only when individuals promote new theories (which will probably be proven false) and forgo the epistemic advantages of accepting established views (which are more likely to be true). Hence, progressive science progress must rely upon the epistemic altruism of experimental thinkers, while traditions of faith depend on the epistemic self-interest of their followers.
|Keywords||rationality faith science testimony disagreement altruism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
The Relation of Religious Community Life to Rationality in Augustine.William J. Collinge - 1988 - Faith and Philosophy 5 (3):242-253.
The Many Facets of the Theory of Rationality.Wolfgang Spohn - 2002 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 2 (3):249-264.
Does Rationality Presuppose Irrationality.Xavier Vanmechelen - 1998 - Philosophical Explorations 1 (2):126 – 139.
Perceptual Experience, Doxastic Practice, and the Rationality of Religious Commitment.Robert Audi - 1995 - Journal of Philosophical Research 20:1-18.
What is the Question Concerning the Rationality of Science?Harvey Siegel - 1985 - Philosophy of Science 52 (4):517-537.
Evidence and Normativity: Reply to Leite.Thomas Kelly - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75 (2):465–474.
Consensus and Evolution in Science.Gonzalo Munevar - 1986 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:120 - 129.
Popper, Rationality and the Possibility of Social Science.Danny Frederick - 2013 - Theoria 28 (1):61-75.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads168 ( #26,846 of 2,158,296 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #46,349 of 2,158,296 )
How can I increase my downloads?