1st Edition

Faith after Foundationalism

By D.Z. Phillips Copyright 1988
    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    362 Pages
    by Routledge

    Foundationalism is the view that philosophical propositions are of two kinds, those which need supporting evidence, and those which in themselves provide the evidence which renders them irrefutable. This book, originally published 1988, describes the battle between foundationalism, which places belief in God in the first category, and various other approaches to the problem of faith – ‘Reformed Epistemology’, hermeneutics; and sociological analysis. In the concluding section of the book, an examination of concept formation in religious belief is used to reinterpret the gap between the expressive power of language and the reality of God.

    Preface  Part 1: Can There Be a Religious Epistemology?  1. Foundationalism and Religion: a Philosophical Scandal  2. The Reformed Challenge to Foundationalism  3. Preliminary Criticism of the Reformed Challenge  4. Basic Propositions: Reformed Epistemology and Wittgenstein’s On Certainty  5. Epistemology and Justification by Faith  6. Religion and Epistemology  7. A Reformed Epistemology?  8. Religious and Non-Religious Perspectives  9. Philosophy, Description and Religion  Part 2: Manners Without Grammar  10. The Hermeneutic Option  11. Optional Descriptions?  12. The Hidden Values of Hermeneutics  13. The Sociologising of Values  14. Religion in the Marketplace  Part 3: Grammar and Theology  15. Grammar and the Nature of Doctrine  16. Grammar and Doctrinal Disagreement  17. Grammar Without Foundations  18. Grammarians and Guardians  Part 4: Religion and Concept-Formation  19. Epistemological Mysteries  20. A Place for Mystery  21. Morality, Grace and Concept-Formation  22. Religious Concepts: Misunderstanding and Lack of Understanding


    D.Z. Phillips