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    Fideism.Richard Amesbury - 2007 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  2. The Virtues of Belief: Toward a Non-Evidentialist Ethics of Belief-Formation.Richard Amesbury - 2008 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 63 (1-3):25 - 37.
    William Kingdon Clifford famously argued that "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence." His ethics of belief can be construed as involving two distinct theses—a moral claim (that it is wrong to hold beliefs to which one is not entitled) and an epistemological claim (that entitlement is always a function of evidential support). Although I reject the (universality of the) epistemological claim, I argue that something deserving of the name "ethics of belief" can (...)
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    "Wittgenstein and Political Theology: Law, Decision, and the Self".Richard Amesbury - 2021 - In Ethics After Wittgenstein: Contemplation and Critique. London, UK: pp. 194-213.
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    "Expanding 'Religion' or Decentring the Secular? Framing the Frames in Philosophy of Religion".Richard Amesbury - 2020 - Religious Studies 1 (56):4-19.
    New cross-cultural approaches to philosophy of religion seek to move it beyond the preoccupations of Christian theology and the abstractions of ‘classical theism’, towards an appreciation of a broader range of religious phenomena. But if the concept of religion is itself the product of extrapolation from modern, Western, Christian understandings, disseminated through colonial encounter, does the new philosophy of religion simply reproduce the deficiencies of the old, under the guise of a universalizing, albeit culturally and historically particular, category? This article (...)
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    Religious Philosophy After 'Religion'?Richard Amesbury - 2012 - Sophia 51 (2):293-297.
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    “Unpopular Sovereignties: Democracy and the Paradox of ‘Peoples’”.Richard Amesbury - 2021 - In Anne Siegetsleitner, Andreas Oberprantacher, Marie-Luisa Frick & Ulrich Metschl (eds.), Crisis and Critique: Philosophical Analysis and Current Events: Proceedings of the 42nd International Wittgenstein Symposium. Berlin, Germany: pp. 41-59.
    So-called democratic states rest upon acts of violence and exclusion which cannot themselves be justified democratically. Yet, much contemporary political theory takes these configurations for granted as the context for philo- sophical reflection. This paper explores some of the spatio-temporal paradoxes of popular sovereignty as conventionally understood – i.e., as the authorization of government through the consent of “the people.” I argue that, instead of treat- ing the borders of popular sovereignty as given, political philosophy would ben- efit from greater (...)
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    Ethics After Wittgenstein: Contemplation and Critique.Richard Amesbury & Hartmut von Sass (eds.) - 2021 - London, UK: Bloomsbury.
    What does it mean for ethics to say, as Wittgenstein did, that philosophy “leaves everything as it is”? -/- Though clearly absorbed with ethical questions throughout his life and work, Wittgenstein's remarks about the subject do not easily lend themselves to summation or theorizing. Although many moral philosophers cite the influence or inspiration of Wittgenstein, there is little agreement about precisely what it means to do ethics in the light of Wittgenstein. -/- Ethics after Wittgenstein brings together an international cohort (...)
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    Morality and Social Criticism : The Force of Reasons in Discursive Practice.Richard Amesbury - 2005 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    This book brings recent developments in Anglo-American philosophy into engagement with dominant currents in contemporary European social theory in order to articulate a pragmatic account of moral criticism. Presented in a lively and accessible style that avoids technical jargon, Morality and Social Criticism argues that the objectivity of moral discourse can be preserved without recourse to the overweening philosophical ambitions of the Enlightenment.
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    Kai Nielsen and D.Z. Phillips, Wittgensteinian Fideism? SCM Press, London, 2005, 383 Pages. Pb £35. [REVIEW]Richard Amesbury - 2007 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 61 (1):51-55.
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    ‘Religion’ as a Philosophical Problem: Historical and Conceptual Dilemmas in Contemporary Pluralistic Philosophy of Religion.Richard Amesbury - 2014 - Sophia 53 (4):479-496.
    In the late nineteenth century, European philosophical theologians concerned about the perceived threat of secularity played a crucial role in the construction of the category of ‘religion,’ conceived as a transcultural universal, the genus of which the so-called ‘world religions’ are species. By reading the work of the late John Hick (1922–2012), the most influential contemporary philosophical advocate of religious pluralism, through an historically informed hermeneutic of suspicion, this paper argues that orientalist-derived understandings of religion continue to play a significant (...)
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    The Truth of Religion and Religious Truths.Richard Amesbury - 2002 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 51 (3):159-174.
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    A Secular Age – by Charles Taylor.Richard Amesbury - 2010 - Philosophical Investigations 33 (1):67-74.
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    In the Temple of the Passions: D. Z. Phillips and the Possibility of Philosophical Contemplation.Richard Amesbury - 2007 - Philosophical Investigations 30 (3):201–218.
    D. Z. Phillips’ work in philosophy was animated by his interest in the diversity and heterogeneity of moral and religious perspectives and his antipathy towards philosophical theories that afford this variety little or no conceptual space. In contrast to what he perceived as essentialist efforts to promote certain viewpoints and to disparage others, Phillips championed a “contemplative conception” of philosophy, according to which the philosopher's aim is neither to underwrite nor to undermine but to understand. This paper argues that philosophy, (...)
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    Methodological Verificationism and Truth-Conditions: A Response to Medina.Richard Amesbury - 2003 - Philosophical Investigations 26 (3):271–277.
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    Rethinking Philosophy of Religion: A Dialogue.Richard Amesbury & William Wainwright - 2007 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 28 (2):226 - 236.
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    Has Wittgenstein Been Misunderstood by Wittgensteinian Philosophers of Religion?Richard Amesbury - 2003 - Philosophical Investigations 26 (1):44–72.
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    In the Temple of the Passions: D. Z. Phillips and the Possibility of Philosophical Contemplation.Richard Amesbury - 2007 - Philosophical Investigations 30 (3):201-218.
    D. Z. Phillips’ work in philosophy was animated by his interest in the diversity and heterogeneity of moral and religious perspectives and his antipathy towards philosophical theories that afford this variety little or no conceptual space. In contrast to what he perceived as essentialist efforts to promote certain viewpoints and to disparage others, Phillips championed a “contemplative conception” of philosophy, according to which the philosopher's aim is neither to underwrite nor to undermine but to understand. This paper argues that philosophy, (...)
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