Philosophy of Religion and the Scientific Turn

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Visala , A O & Vainio , O-P 2018 , ' Philosophy of Religion and the Scientific Turn ' , Palgrave Communications , vol. 4 , 135 . https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-018-0190-9

Title: Philosophy of Religion and the Scientific Turn
Author: Visala, Aku Olavi; Vainio, Olli-Pekka
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology
Date: 2018-11-13
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Palgrave Communications
ISSN: 2055-1045
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299091
Abstract: Traditionally, analytic philosophy of religion has focused almost solely on specifically philosophical questions about religion. These include the existence of God and divine attributes, religious language, and the justification of religious beliefs, just to mention a few. Recently, many scholars in the field have begun to engage more directly with scientific results. We suggest that this is a promising direction for philosophy of religion to take. Nevertheless, we want to warn philosophy of religion against the excessive focus on methodology that has preoccupied the "science and religion dialogue" in theology. Instead of attempting to formulate a general methodology for all possible engagements between philosophy of religion and the sciences, philosophers of religion would do well to focus on local and particular themes. Since there is no single method in philosophy and since scientific disciplines that have religious relevance vary in their methods as well, progress can be made only if philosophical tools are employed to analyse particular and clearly demarcated questions.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
614 Theology
COGNITIVE SCIENCE
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