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Believing by FaithAn Essay in the Epistemology and Ethics of Religious Belief$
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John Bishop

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205547.001.0001

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Integrationist Values: Limiting Permissible Doxastic Venture

Integrationist Values: Limiting Permissible Doxastic Venture

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(p.151) 7 Integrationist Values: Limiting Permissible Doxastic Venture
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Believing by Faith
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205547.003.0007

This chapter deals with two versions of the objection that Jamesian fideism is too liberal. In response to the first — that it is arbitrary to permit supra-evidential yet reject irrational, counter-evidential, faith-ventures — it is argued that a defensible fideism must insist that faith-ventures be made with epistemic entitlement (i.e., through the right exercise of epistemic rationality). ‘Ethical suspension of the epistemic’, while not absolutely excluded, does not apply to religious faith-ventures. To meet the second objection — that fideism may endorse obviously morally objectionable faith-ventures — a further integrationist condition is added: both the content and the motivational character of a permissible faith-venture should cohere with correct morality. The chapter concludes by following Kierkegaard's example with a reflection on Abraham and Isaac, to illustrate how theistic faith-ventures should develop in tandem with evolving moral commitments.

Keywords:   Abraham, Isaac, epistemic entitlement, ethical suspension of the epistemic, integrationist values, irrationalist fideism, Kierkegaard, moral commitment

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