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Peter Hare, Joseph Palencik, Douglas Anderson, and Steven A. Miller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264322

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264322.001.0001

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Religion and Analytic Naturalism

Religion and Analytic Naturalism

(p.167) Ten Religion and Analytic Naturalism
Pragmatism with Purpose

Peter Hare

Fordham University Press

This chapter reflects on the relation between religion and analytic naturalism. It argues for the separation of speculative metaphysics and religious belief, insisting that a metaphysical system can be defended without appeal “to either logical necessity or personal passion.” It agrees with Arthur Holmes's rejection of positivism in favor of speculative metaphysics, but not with his claim that religious belief is in exactly the same position as metaphysical belief, and hence that defense of the empirical character of metaphysical inquiry is also defense of the empirical character of religious knowledge. It suggests that religious belief and metaphysical belief do not belong to the same logical order, contrary to what Holmes seems to think, and challenges the notion of transition from an object of empirical metaphysics to an object of religious knowledge that Holmes proposes.

Keywords:   religious belief, Arthur Holmes, positivism, speculative metaphysics, metaphysical belief, religious knowledge, empirical metaphysics, religion, analytic naturalism, metaphysics

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