Faith and Philosophy 32 (3):293-312 (2015)

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Ryan West
Wake Forest University
Abstract
In Perceiving God, William Alston briefly suggests the possibility of perceiving God indirectly through the perception of another object. Following recent work by C. Stephen Evans, we argue that Thomas Reid’s notion of “natural signs” helpfully illuminates how people can perceive God indirectly through natural beauty. First, we explain how some natural signs enable what Alston labels “indirect perception.” Second, we explore how certain emotions make it possible to see both beauty and the excellence of the minds behind beauty. Finally, we explain how aesthetic emotions can involve indirect perception of God via the natural sign of natural beauty
Keywords Religious epistemology  Beauty  Emotions  Perception
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ISBN(s) 0739-7046
DOI 10.5840/faithphil20157743
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