Responding to the Religious Reasons of Others: Resonance and Non-Reducitve Religious Pluralism

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 5 (2):23--46 (2013)
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Call a belief ”non-negotiable’ if one cannot abandon the belief without the abandonment of one’s religious perspective. Although non-negotiable beliefs can logically exclude other perspectives, a non-reductive approach to religious pluralism can help to create a space within which the non- negotiable beliefs of others that contradict one’s own non-negotiable beliefs can be appreciated and understood as playing a justificatory role for the other. The appreciation of these beliefs through cognitive resonance plays a crucial role to enable the understanding of those who hold other perspectives. epistemological and spiritual consequences of this claim are explored.

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Muhammad Legenhausen
The Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute


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