By Garth L. Hallett
Charting a "middle method" among the extremes represented through Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne, Garth Hallett explores the thesis that if trust in different minds is rational and precise (as it without doubt is), so too is trust in God. He makes a powerful case that after this parity declare is competently limited to a unmarried, sound other-minds trust, trust in God and trust in different minds do turn out epistemically similar. This consequence, and the certain course that ends up in it, will curiosity scholars and students in philosophy of faith and theology.
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For example, as John Hare surmises, it may be that Russell saw God as the enemy of certain strong tendencies of his (for instance, his bent toward promiscuity),16 but did Russell view those tendencies as morally objectionable? Were they? I believe they were, but doubtless some would disagree, and I don't wish to debate such matters here. Furthermore, to assess the likely culpability of belief or unbelief would require a prior estimate of their respective epistemic merits. Further, it is the current state of belief that occasions the Subjective Disparity Problem, and one may wonder whether people today are more sinful than those < previous page page_29 next page > < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 in former times.
74 In the abstract, it may appear difficult to understand how the existence of a supreme, transcendent being would in any way limit human realization, but, as I shall note later on, atheists have not reacted merely to an abstract conception. " 75 Freedomthere, it is felt, is the crucial issue. " Thus Marx, for example, "saw in Prometheus a symbol of man responsible for his own creation and defying the gods who would take this responsibility away from him. "78 Let this double listing, for and against, suffice.
Clearly, some grounds exist for belief in God and belief in other minds. Yet it may be doubted whether these grounds are such as Sheriock Holmes might click off. Indeed, it may be that neither set of grounds can be formulated more fully and explicitly than my grounds for believing that Mrs. Mloved her child. 33 However, all this remains to be seen. , Mrs. M's love) compare with respect to truth, as defined by PRS, and with respect to rationality, as defined by objective, truth-related reasons for belief?