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Religious belief, social establishment and autonomy


1997 1997

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I attempt to analyze, reconstruct, and otherwise defend William Alston's vindication of the cognitive status of mystical experience. I begin by reconstructing Alston's doxastic practice approach to epistemology, which provides him with general criteria by which to determine whether or not mystical experience contributes to the justification of an agent's mystical beliefs. I then present Alston's case for the claim that, according to his general epistemic position, there is a way of forming beliefs about God on the basis of the perception of God which we have adequate epistemic reason to believe is reliable. At the heart of Alston's case are the claims that a way of forming beliefs should be regarded as presumptively reliable so long as it is socially established and that the beliefs generated by autonomous ways of forming beliefs are not necessarily subject to epistemic norms de jure for other practices. I attempt to discredit Alston's appeal to social establishment as grounds for imputing presumptive epistemic innocence and I attempt to provide a rationale for Alston's claim that mystical beliefs should not be subject to the same epistemic norms to which we subject sense-perceptual beliefs.

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Subject
Philosophy;
Religion
Classification
0422: Philosophy
0322: Religion
0322: Philosophy
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology, Alston, William, epistemology, mystical experience
Title
Religious belief, social establishment and autonomy
Author
Eberle, Christopher John
Number of pages
303
Publication year
1997
Degree date
1997
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 58/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780591475326, 0591475324
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9737522
ProQuest document ID
304353075
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304353075
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