Faith and Philosophy (forthcoming)

Daniel Howard-Snyder
Western Washington University
Can faith be valuable and, if so, under what conditions? We know of no theory-neutral way to address this question. So, we offer a theory of relational faith, and we supplement it with a complementary theory of relational faithfulness. We then turn to relationships of mutual faith and faithfulness with an eye toward exhibiting some of the ways in which, on our theory, faith and faithfulness can be valuable and disvaluable. We then extend the theory to other manifestations of faith and faithfulness, propose a way to unify them under a theory of faith and faithfulness simpliciter, and sketch how they can be neo-Aristotelian virtues and vices. We close with our solution to the value problem and avenues for further research.
Keywords Faith  Faithfulness  Reliance  Reliability  Trust  Trustworthiness  Virtue  Vice  Moral psychology  Theism  Agnosticism
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