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Faith and Hope in Situations of Epistemic Uncertainty

Palmqvist, Carl-Johan LU (2018) In Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion
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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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},
  month        = {05},
  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},
  year         = {2018},
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