By James F. Harris (auth.)
When Gene lengthy, editor of Kluwer's instruction manual of latest Philosophy of faith sequence, first invited me to put in writing the amount on Analytic Philosophy of faith, I accredited with nice enthusiasm. My basically reason behind that enthusiasm now's that i used to be more youthful and extra naive on the time. quickly after beginning paintings at the quantity, my enthusiasm was once dampened by means of the daunting significance of the duty. i started as a sprinter and fast settled into the velocity of a long-distance runner. even if I thought of myself good learn within the topic, I quickly came upon that I had loads of learn to do to be convinced that I had thought of all the significant contributions to a few of the discussions, concerns, and of faith. As I learn a growing number of difficulties came upon inside of analytic philosophy books and articles, i noticed that I had rushed right into a territory already good trodden via the angels. i'm significantly inspired by means of the sophistication and subtlety of philosophical argument that represent the various debates in modern analytic philosophy of faith. This quantity covers an enormous quantity of fabric. i've got endeavored to supply the fairest attainable analyzing of other authors, and, in instances the place I comprise my very own serious reviews and increase my very own positions, i've got endeavored to supply the most powerful attainable interpretations of the positions I criticize.
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21 The lunatic's claim about dons (perhaps one that many graduate students have shared) is not an empirical claim, Hare agrees, since it is immune to falsification. The lunatic will adjust his belief to accommodate any possible counterevidence that may be presented against it, thereby preventing falsification. So, Hare admits, the lunatic's claim is not an empirical assertion with a truth value. " A blik is a general attitude toward the world or a significant part of it that provides a basis for how an individual relates to the world.
P. 100. TIIE PROBLEM OF RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE 39 enters the Court to see as the "accused" the closest friend of his undergraduate days; or, if we may be more melodramatic, the long-lost wife. "Eye meets eye"; astonishment; an odd word is uttered. ,,26 In such situations, Ramsey says, a discernment is made. " Such situations require a special language to distinguish them from the ordinary, and since religious situations invoke such odd discernments, they require their own special language and logic, which will be characteristically different from the language and logic of science or any straightforward empirical statements.
There are many different answers to this problem, and we can here treat only some of the major figures. 20 R. M. HARE AND BLIKS R. M. Hare responded to Flew in the same famous "University Discussion" in which Flew introduced the notion of falsification. " He begins by relating his own parable: A certain lunatic is convinced that all dons want to murder him. " However many kindly dons are produced, the reaction is still the same. 21 The lunatic's claim about dons (perhaps one that many graduate students have shared) is not an empirical claim, Hare agrees, since it is immune to falsification.
Analytic Philosophy of Religion by James F. Harris (auth.)