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Can Faith Ever Be Rational?

An NPR discussion by Tania Lombrozo motivated by the work of Lara Buchak, her paper available here.

My concern in this paper is the relationship between faith and rationality. I seek to develop a unified account of statements of faith concerning mundane matters and those concerning religious faith. To do so, I consider the sense in which faith requires going beyond the evidence, and argue that faith requires terminating the search for further evidence. Having established this, I turn to the question of whether it can still be rational to have faith; arguing that, contrary to common assumptions, there need be no conflict between faith and rationality. We shall see that whether faith can be practically rational depends both on whether there are extrinsic costs associated with postponing the decision to have faith and the extent to which potential counter evidence would be conclusive.

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EPISTEME 10:3

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GETTIERIZED KNOBE EFFECTS James R. Beebe and Joseph Shea

A RELIABILISM BUILT ON COGNITIVE CONVERGENCE: AN EMPIRICALLY GROUNDED SOLUTION TO THE GENERALITY PROBLEM Martin L. Jönsson

A NEW PROSPECT FOR EPISTEMIC AGGREGATION Daniel Berntson and Yoaav Isaacs

PHOTOGRAPHICALLY BASED KNOWLEDGE Dan Cavedon-Taylor

EXPLANATIONIST EVIDENTIALISM Kevin McCain

IS FOUNDATIONAL A PRIORI JUSTIFICATION INDISPENSABLE? Ted Poston

LEARNING TO SIGNAL WITH PROBE AND ADJUST – CORRIGENDUM Brian Skyrms

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EPISTEME: 10 most cited articles

Group Knowledge and Group Rationality: A Judgment Aggregation Perspective

Christian List

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Group Knowledge Versus Group Rationality: Two Approaches to Social Epistemology

Alvin I. Goldman

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Is Trust an Epistemological Notion?

Gloria Origgi

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Minding One’s Cognitive Systems: When Does a Group of Minds Constitute a Single Cognitive Unit?

Robert Rupert

Volume 1 / Issue 03 / February 2005, pp 177 – 188

The Epistemic Features of Group Belief

Kay Mathiesen

Volume 2 / Issue 03 / October 2006, pp 161 – 175

Epistemic Systems

Roger Koppl

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What’s the Point of “Knowledge” Anyway?

Christoph Kelp

Volume 8 / Issue 01 / February 2011, pp 53 – 66

The Basis of Epistemic Trust: Reliable Testimony or Reliable Sources?

Melissa A. Koenig and Paul L. Harris

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