Authors
Rico Gutschmidt
Universität Konstanz
Abstract
Philosophical skepticism, according to numerous influential accounts of it, is bound up with our failure or inability to adopt an “absolute” standpoint. Similarly, many religions speak of an “absolute” that also is beyond human reach. With this similarity in mind, I will develop what I take to be a religious dimension of skepticism. First, I will discuss the connection that Stanley Cavell draws between his reading of skepticism and the notions of God and original sin. I will then refer to William James’s description of the religious experience of conversion and apply it to the transformative aspect of skepticism. Finally, I will argue with respect to mysticism and negative theology that the transformative experiences one can find in both skepticism and religion can be interpreted as yielding an experiential understanding of the finitude of the human condition.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  History of Philosophy
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.5840/ipq202134167
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,577
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

On Religious Skepticism.J. L. Schellenberg - 2020 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 10 (3-4):268-282.
Skepticism, Metaphors and Vertigo.Rico Gutschmidt - 2016 - Wittgenstein-Studien 7 (1):131-147.
Greek Skepticism; a Study in Epistemology.Charlotte L. Stough - 1969 - Berkeley: University of California Press.
Skepticism and Inquiry.Sanford C. Goldberg - 2020 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 10 (3-4):304-324.
Exuberant Skepticism.Paul Kurtz - 2010 - Prometheus Books 59 John Glenn Drive.
The Empirical Basis to Skepticism.Robert G. Hudson - 2007 - Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 11 (1).
1% Skepticism.Eric Schwitzgebel - 2017 - Noûs 51 (2):271-290.
Disagreement, Deference, and Religious Commitment.John Pittard - 2019 - New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press.
Skepticism as Vice and Virtue.Pierre Le Morvan - 2019 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 9 (3):238-260.
Moderate Modal Skepticism.Margot Strohminger & Juhani Yli-Vakkuri - 2018 - In Matthew A. Benton, John Hawthorne & Dani Rabinowitz (eds.), Knowledge, Belief, and God: New Insights in Religious Epistemology. Oxford University Press. pp. 302-321.
Virtue-Theoretic Responses to Skepticism.Guy Axtell - 2008 - In John Greco (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism. Oxford University Press.
Religious Skepticism.Paul K. Moser - 2008 - In John Greco (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism. Oxford University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2021-03-05

Total views
14 ( #705,788 of 2,446,658 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #66,478 of 2,446,658 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes