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Religion without Metaphysics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion.
2007 (English)In: Studia Theologica, ISSN 0039-338X, E-ISSN 1502-7791, Vol. 61, no 2, 163-183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper I will argue for a conception of religion that does not presuppose metaphysics in the traditional sense of the word. In a trivial sense we always have ideas of what is given and are all realists, living by our realist intuitions. But the philosophical crucial question is which conclusions can be reasonably drawn from this. In part I, I will argue against metaphysical realism in general. In part II, I will argue against its materialist challenge by showing in what sense it too can be conceived of as an example of metaphysical realism. In part III, I will show why there is no point in defending or in arguing against religion en bloc. Finally in part IV, I will argue for a conception of religion without metaphysics in the traditional sense by taking account of the existential function religion actually has in human life.

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2007. Vol. 61, no 2, 163-183 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11990DOI: 10.1080/00393380701535149OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-11990DiVA: diva2:39759
Available from: 2007-11-13 Created: 2007-11-13 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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