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John Finnis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580095

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580095.001.0001

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The Significance of Questioning

The Significance of Questioning

(p.129) 7 The Significance of Questioning
Religion and Public Reasons

John Finnis

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an unpublished university sermon which challenges Hume's account of intelligence, A. J. Ayer's account of explanation and other forms of sceptical dogmatism, and attends to the role of questions in science. Questioning and scientific inquiry is then considered as an action, to which ethical demands apply so as to exclude obscurantism, over-confidence. As in Chapters 2 and 6 in Volume IV of this text, this is linked with friendship. An explanation is offered of Plato's ‘God is the measure’.

Keywords:   Hume, Ayer, Plato, explanation, ethics of inquiry, friendship, God is the measure

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