Wednesday, January 09, 2013

A Rational Fideism?

This is the entry on fideism in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. It mentions the possibility of a rational fideism.


William said...

Bishop says that " under “rational empiricist evidential practice,” our overall experience of the world is equally plausibly interpreted on either a theistic or an atheistic reading, thereby leaving open the question of God's existence."

I agree that this is rational, and would argue that leaves us open to our internal subjective inclinations and perspectives in making a theory choice.

I wonder how the atheist would apply Ockham's razor here, though? When is an individual internal inclination sufficient to rationally add an additional entity or mind in our schemas?

Unknown said...

Even though I don't subscribe to Christianity any longer, Luther's idea that our faith is our fundamental orientation to the world still rings true to me. I see a similar, if not the same, idea in the later philosophy of Wittgenstein.