God Pro Nobis: On Non-metaphysical Realism and the Philosophy of Religion

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Peeters Publishers, 2007 - Philosophy - 261 pages
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In theology and the philosophy of religion questions concerning God's existence are often understood and discussed in terms of metaphysical realism. Metaphysical realism, however, is a philosophically untenable perspective, according to this study. Its impact on the philosophy of religion is therefore problematic. By using arguments presented by W.V. Quine, Hilary Putnam and William P. Alston the author shows why metaphysical realism is a philosophically untenable perspective and what this implies when it comes to questions concerning God's existence. Drawing on the work of Putnam, Michael Dummett and Donald Davidson, the author elaborates a non-metaphysical realist perspective that she recommends as a philosophically tenable alternative that can be used in theology and the philosophy of religion. Non-metaphysical realism, this study claims, encourages philosophers of religion to engage in a fruitful reflection on present-day problems caused by the phenomenon of religion and of importance to human beings living in today's society.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Metaphysical Philosophy of Religion
18
Realism and Religion
36
The Inscrutability of Reference
50
Twin Earth
66
Putnam and Quine
82
Realist versus Epistemic
98
TABLE OF CONTENTS
117
Sufficiently Good Conditions for Justification
149
Putnam God and EvidenceTranscendent Truths
162
The Principle of Bivalence
176
Verification and EvidenceTranscendence
191
NonMetaphysical Realism
205
Kantian or Quinean?
220
Kantian Not Quinean
227
A Swedish Debate
241

Internal Realism
131

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