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By Garth L. Hallett

ISBN-10: 0195132688

ISBN-13: 9780195132687

Charting a "middle means" among the extremes represented by way of Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne, Garth Hallett explores the thesis that if trust in different minds is rational and actual (as it without doubt is), so too is trust in God. He makes a powerful case that once this parity declare is thoroughly constrained to a unmarried, sound other-minds trust, trust in God and trust in different minds do end up epistemically similar. This consequence, and the targeted course that ends up in it, will curiosity scholars and students in philosophy of faith and theology.

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I may now seem to have made my point too well. When grounds are so deeply hidden, should they be termed grounds? Should just any influence, no matter how unreflective or inaccessible, that affects a belief be counted as a ground of the belief? This question, too, has relevance for our inquiry. Unreflective Grounds versus Unreflective Influences A striking seventeenth-century example illustrates the difference between an unreflective influence and an unreflective ground. , color, smell, taste, feel), which were not, save in an attenuated sense.

Set the standards too high, and God may be excluded, along with other minds, objective sensation, physical objects, the past, and so forth. Set the standards too low, and God may be readmitted, but so too may rival deities or fantasies such as Santa Claus and the Great Pumpkin. Standards would be too high, I have suggested, if cogent deductive or inductive arguments were required, or even the possibility of constructing such arguments. Grounds for belief may be objectively, epistemically good and yet be largely unreflective and inaccessible.

Let it also be clear that in listing affective factors as nonepistemic, I do not mean to suggest that they are automatically antiepistemic. , truthrelated evidence) for belief, may help as well as hinder veridical belief: The fact (if it is one) that people have unconscious needs and desires for a protective and punishing parentfigure, "meaning" to life, and a "face" to the universe is often stated as if it were proof that religious experiences are nothing but wishful thinking. But needs and desires usually aid perception, helping us to identify and respond to those things which will satisfy us and to avoid things which are dangerous or unpleasant.

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