Philosophy of Religion and the Scientific Turn

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Abstract

Traditionally, analytic philosophy of religion has focused almost solely on specifically philosophical questions about religion. These include the existence of God and divine attributes, religious language, and the justification of religious beliefs, just to mention a few. Recently, many scholars in the field have begun to engage more directly with scientific results. We suggest that this is a promising direction for philosophy of religion to take. Nevertheless, we want to warn philosophy of religion against the excessive focus on methodology that has preoccupied the "science and religion dialogue" in theology. Instead of attempting to formulate a general methodology for all possible engagements between philosophy of religion and the sciences, philosophers of religion would do well to focus on local and particular themes. Since there is no single method in philosophy and since scientific disciplines that have religious relevance vary in their methods as well, progress can be made only if philosophical tools are employed to analyse particular and clearly demarcated questions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number135
JournalPalgrave Communications
Volume4
Number of pages8
ISSN2055-1045
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy
  • 614 Theology
  • COGNITIVE SCIENCE

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Philosophy of Religion and the Scientific Turn. / Visala, Aku Olavi; Vainio, Olli-Pekka.

In: Palgrave Communications, Vol. 4, 135, 13.11.2018.

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