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What's Wrong with the Adequacy-Argument? A Pragmatic Diagnosis
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion. (Impact of religion)
2011 (English)In: Sophia - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics, ISSN 0038-1527, Vol. 50, no 1, 11-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When confronted with the question of which philosophical conception of religion to consider most adequate, many philosophers appeal to what I call the adequacy-arguemnt: that we should prefer the one that looks most adequate from the perspective of religious believers. In this paper, I provide a critique of the adequacy-argument based on a pragmatic analysis of adequacy-judgments according to which reflective adequacy-judgments are forward-looking, and hence include considerations of the consequences of adopting different judgments as guides for conduct. It is this forward-looking character that is virtually absent with the current adequacy-debate. The major advantage of a pragmatic analysis if adequacy is itself forward-looking: it would enable philosophers of religion to play a more critical and constructive role vis-a-vis religious practices than presently.

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Parkville, Australia: Dept. of Philosophy, University of Melbourne , 2011. Vol. 50, no 1, 11-23 p.
Keyword [en]
Dewey Pragmatism Adequacy-argument
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Religious Studies
Research subject
Philosophy of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-153278DOI: 10.1007/s11841-009-0153-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-153278DiVA: diva2:415972
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