Faith, Belief and Fictionalism

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 98 (S1):257-274 (2017)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Is propositional religious faith constituted by belief? Recent debate has focussed on whether faith may be constituted by a positive non-doxastic cognitive state, which can stand in place of belief. This paper sets out and defends the doxastic theory. We consider and reject three arguments commonly used in favour 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 pragmatic faith. We argue that belief is required to maintain a distinction between genuine faith, pretend faith, and fictionalist faith.
Reprint years
2017
PhilPapers/Archive ID
MALFBA
Revision history
First archival date: 2016-07-16
Latest version: 2 (2016-08-07)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
The Myth of Morality.Joyce, Richard

View all 34 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Analysis of Faith.Rettler, Bradley
Markan Faith.Howard-Snyder, Daniel
Does Faith Entail Belief?Howard-Snyder, Daniel

View all 12 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index
2016-07-16

Total views
420 ( #5,739 of 38,046 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
93 ( #3,699 of 38,046 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.