9781441149435

God and Evidence Problems for Theistic Philosophers

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    9781441149435

  • ISBN10:

    1441149430

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-06-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

God and Evidencepresents a new set of compelling problems for theistic philosophers. The problems pertain to three types of theistic philosopher, which Lovering defines here as 'theistic inferentialists,' 'theistic non-inferentialists,' and 'theistic fideists.' Theistic inferentialists believe that God exists, that there is inferential probabilifying evidence of God's existence, and that this evidence is discoverable not simply in principle but in practice. Theistic non-inferentialists believe that God exists, that there is non-inferential probabilifying evidence of God's existence, and that this evidence is discoverable not simply in principle but in practice. Theistic fideists believe that God exists, that there is no discoverable probabilifying evidence (inferential or non-inferential) of God's existence, and that it is nevertheless acceptable-morally if not otherwise-to have faith that God exists. Lovering argues that each type of theistic philosopher faces a problem unique to his type and that they all share two particular problems. Some of these problems take us down an entirely new discursive path; others down a new discursive path branching off from an old one.

Author Biography

Rob Lovering is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island/City University of New York, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction / 2. A Problem for Theistic Inferentialists / 3. A Problem for Theistic Non-Inferentialists / 4. A Problem for Theistic Fideists / 5. A Problem for All Three Theistic Philosophers / 6. Another Problem for All Three Theistic Philosophers 7. Epilogue / Bibliography / Index

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