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Knowledge, Belief, and GodNew Insights in Religious Epistemology$
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Matthew A. Benton, John Hawthorne, and Dani Rabinowitz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198798705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198798705.001.0001

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Know-How and Acts of Faith

Know-How and Acts of Faith

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(p.246) 12 Know-How and Acts of Faith
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Knowledge, Belief, and God
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Paulina Sliwa

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798705.003.0013

The topic of this chapter is the nature of faith. When we have faith, we perform acts of faith: we share our secrets, rely on other’s judgment, refrain from going through our partner’s emails, and so on. Religious faith is also manifested in acts of faith: attending worship, singing the liturgy, fasting, embarking on a pilgrimage. Drawing on an analogy in moral philosophy between morally admirable actions and the nature of virtue, the chapter argues that examining what makes a given action an act of faith can tell us about the nature of faith: faith is a complex mental state whose elements go beyond doxastic states towards particular propositions. It also involves conative states and, perhaps more surprisingly, know-how. This has consequences for the epistemology of faith: the role of testimony and experts, the importance of practices, and what we should make of Pascal’s advice for how to acquire faith.

Keywords:   faith, religious belief, know-how, virtuous action, testimony, practical knowledge

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