Faith, Belief and Fictionalism

Finlay Malcolm, Michael Scott

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    Abstract

    Is propositional religious faith constituted by belief? Recent debate hasfocussed on whether faith may be constituted by a positive non-doxastic cognitivestate, which can stand in place of belief. This article sets out and defends thedoxastic theory. We consider and reject three arguments commonly used infavour of non-doxastic theories of faith: (1) the argument from religious doubt;(2) the use of ‘faith’ in linguistic utterances; and (3) the possibility of pragmaticfaith. We argue that belief is required to maintain a distinction between genuinefaith, pretend faith, and fictionalist faith.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)257-274
    JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
    Volume98
    Issue numberS1
    Early online date5 Aug 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2017

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