The aporetics of religious diversity

Drieghe, Geert (2016) The aporetics of religious diversity. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

My thesis situates itself within the field of the Philosophy of Worldviews. Specifically, it aims to address the normative question of what the task should be of such a philosophy when faced with the problem of conflicting beliefs between religious worldviews. To answer this question, I turn to the procedure of aporetical analysis, in short, aporetics. Firstly, aporetics offers a distinct method of consistency restoration within inconsistent sets on the basis of thesis rejection and thesis modification. Secondly, aporetics leads to an understanding of the availability of aporetic exits on the basis of epistemic criteria. On the one hand, this leads us to opt for an orientational monism/pluralism, which steers the middle course between the epistemic stances of exclusivism and pluralism. On the other hand, it allows us to identify epistemic criteria for worldview acquisition on the basis of three distinct superclasses. These superclasses can be derived from Jürgen Habermas' validity claims, and applied to the self-understanding of contemporary theories of religion.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Philosophy of religion, philosophy of worldviews, Nicholas Rescher, orientational pluralism, aporetics, problem of religious diversity, Jürgen Habermas, validity claims, George Lindbeck, the nature of doctrine.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Supervisor's Name: Harrison, Dr. Victoria
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Mr. Geert Drieghe
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7469
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 10:10
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 11:37
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/7469

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