Religious Faith and Intellectual Virtue

Hardcover | July 12, 2014

EditorLaura Frances Callahan, Timothy OConnor

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Is religious faith consistent with being an intellectually virtuous thinker? In seeking to answer this question, one quickly finds others, each of which has been the focus of recent renewed attention by epistemologists: What is it to be an intellectually virtuous thinker? Must all reasonable belief be grounded in public evidence? Under what circumstances is a personrationally justified in believing something on trust, on the testimony of another, or because of the conclusions drawn by an intellectual authority? Can it be reasonable to hold a belief on a topic over which there is significant, entrenched disagreement among informed inquirers, or should suchdisagreement lead all parties to modify or suspend their own judgments? Is there anything about faith that exempts it from measurement against such epistemic norms? And if we would so evaluate it, how exactly should we understand the intellectual commitments faith requires? The volume's introduction provides a roadmap of the central issues and controversies as currently discussed by philosophers. In fourteen new essays written to engage nonspecialists as well as philosophers working in religion and epistemology, a diverse and distinguished group of thinkers thenconsider the place of intellectual virtue in religious faith, exploring one or more of the specific issues noted above.

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Is religious faith consistent with being an intellectually virtuous thinker? In seeking to answer this question, one quickly finds others, each of which has been the focus of recent renewed attention by epistemologists: What is it to be an intellectually virtuous thinker? Must all reasonable belief be grounded in public evidence? Under...

Laura Frances Callahan is a Clarendon Scholar in the Department of Philosophy at Oxford University, formerly a Wells Scholar at Indiana University. Her primary interests are in epistemology. Timothy O'Connor is Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University. He is the author of Persons and Causes (Oxford 2000) and Theism and Ultimate E...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:July 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Laura Frances Callahan and Timothy O'Connor: IntroductionPart I. What Is Faith?1. W. Jay Wood: Faith's Intellectual Rewards2. Lara Buchak: Rational Faith and Justified Belief3. J. L. Schellenberg: How to Make Faith a VirtuePart II. Evidentialism and Faith4. Trent Dougherty: Faith, Trust, and Testimony: An Evidentialist Account5. Evan Fales: Making and Breaking Faith6. Paul K. Moser: The Virtue of Friendship with GodPart III. Trust and Faith7. John Bishop: Trusting Others, Trusting in God, Trusting the World8. Elizabeth Fricker: Epistemic Trust in Oneself and Others--An Argument from Analogy?9. Eleonore Stump: Faith, Wisdom, and the Transmission of Knowledge through Testimony10. Linda Zagzebski: Trust, Anti-Trust, and Reasons for Religious Belief11. Laura Frances Callahan and Timothy O'Connor: Well-Tuned Trust as an Intellectual VirtuePart IV. Religious Disagreement12. Sanford C. Goldberg: Does Externalist Epistemology Rationalize Religious Commitment?13. Jennifer Lackey: Taking Religious Disagreement Seriously14. Nicholas Wolterstorff: The Significance Of Inexplicable DisagreementIndex