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Faith and Hope in Situations of Epistemic Uncertainty

Palmqvist, Carl-Johan LU (2019) In Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 55(3). p.319-335
Abstract
When it comes to religion, lack of conclusive evidence leads many reflective thinkers to embrace agnosticism. However, pure agnosticism does not necessarily have to be the final word; there are other attitudes one might reasonably adopt in a situation of epistemic uncertainty. This article concentrates on J. L. Schellenberg's proposal that non-doxastic propositional faith is available even when belief is unwarranted. Schellenberg's view is rejected since his envisaged notion of faith conflicts with important epistemic aims. Instead, it is suggested that a combination of hope and ‘occasional’ faith constitutes a substantive religious pro-attitude rationally available in situations of epistemic uncertainty.
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Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion
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319 - 335
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0034-4125
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10.1017/S0034412518000239
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  abstract     = {When it comes to religion, lack of conclusive evidence leads many reflective thinkers to embrace agnosticism. However, pure agnosticism does not necessarily have to be the final word; there are other attitudes one might reasonably adopt in a situation of epistemic uncertainty. This article concentrates on J. L. Schellenberg's proposal that non-doxastic propositional faith is available even when belief is unwarranted. Schellenberg's view is rejected since his envisaged notion of faith conflicts with important epistemic aims. Instead, it is suggested that a combination of hope and ‘occasional’ faith constitutes a substantive religious pro-attitude rationally available in situations of epistemic uncertainty.},
  author       = {Palmqvist, Carl-Johan},
  issn         = {0034-4125},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {319--335},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion},
  title        = {Faith and Hope in Situations of Epistemic Uncertainty},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0034412518000239},
  doi          = {10.1017/S0034412518000239},
  volume       = {55},
  year         = {2019},
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