By James F. Harris
Whilst Gene lengthy, editor of Kluwer's instruction manual of latest Philosophy of faith sequence, first invited me to put in writing the quantity on Analytic Philosophy of faith, I authorised with nice enthusiasm. My basically reason for that enthusiasm now could be that i used to be more youthful and extra naive on the time. quickly after beginning paintings at the quantity, my enthusiasm used to be dampened by means of the daunting value of the duty. i started as a sprinter and speedy settled into the velocity of a long-distance runner. even though I thought of myself good learn within the topic, I quickly stumbled on that I had loads of examine to do to be convinced that I had thought of all the significant contributions to some of the discussions, matters, and of faith. As I learn progressively more difficulties discovered inside of analytic philosophy books and articles, i spotted that I had rushed right into a territory already good trodden by means of the angels. i'm drastically inspired through the sophistication and subtlety of philosophical argument that symbolize different debates in modern analytic philosophy of faith. This quantity covers an unlimited quantity of fabric. i've got endeavored to supply the fairest attainable analyzing of other authors, and, in instances the place I comprise my very own serious reviews and enhance my very own positions, i've got endeavored to supply the most powerful attainable interpretations of the positions I criticize.
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Suppose that a young child goes to school, where her teacher sees that she is in ill health, poorly clothed and fed, and suffering from what seem to be obvious signs of child abuse. " Perhaps, one might think, the child is denied basic necessities because the family is poor, but it is determined that the family is quite well off. As details emerge of the child's situation and as she is questioned further about her father's behavior and his motive for his behavior, the child continues to profess that her father loves her.
There are many different answers to this problem, and we can here treat only some of the major figures. 20 R. M. HARE AND BLIKS R. M. Hare responded to Flew in the same famous "University Discussion" in which Flew introduced the notion of falsification. " He begins by relating his own parable: A certain lunatic is convinced that all dons want to murder him. " However many kindly dons are produced, the reaction is still the same. 21 The lunatic's claim about dons (perhaps one that many graduate students have shared) is not an empirical claim, Hare agrees, since it is immune to falsification.
2 Other concerns were prompted by the repercussions of attention to language by the more moderate analytic philosophers and the elevation of the importance of the analysis of language for philosophical or theological pursuits. RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE AND RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE The way in which an understanding and analysis of religious language was viewed as fundamental to all of religion is perhaps best illustrated by the relationship between religious language and religious knowledge. A good way to understand the inseparable and symbiotic relationship between religious language and religious knowledge is to see the epistemic content of religious claims as dependent upon and derivative from an analysis of the cognitive content of those claims, that is, the content on the basis of which those claims might be regarded as 1 A casual inspection of the copyright dates of the references in this chapter will indicate how concentrated the interest in religious language was from the late 1940s through 1960.
Analytic Philosophy of Religion (Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion) by James F. Harris