Internal realism and the problem of religious diversity

Harrison, V.S. (2006) Internal realism and the problem of religious diversity. Philosophia, 34(3), pp. 287-301.



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This article applies Hilary Putnam’s theory of internal realism to the issue of religious plurality. The result of this application—“internalist pluralism”—constitutes a paradigm shift within the Philosophy of Religion. Moreover, internalist pluralism succeeds in avoiding the major difficulties faced by John Hick’s famous theory of religious pluralism, which views God, or “the Real”, as the noumenon lying behind diverse religious phenomena. In side-stepping the difficulties besetting Hick’s revolutionary Kantian approach, without succumbing to William Alston’s critique of conceptual-scheme dependence, internalist pluralism provides a solution to significant theoretical problems, while doing so in a manner that is respectful of cultural diversity and religious sensitivities.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Philosophy of religion - Religious pluralism - Internal realism - Internalist pluralism - Hickean pluralism - William P. Alston - Hilary Putnam - Conceptual schemes - Cultural diversity
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harrison, Dr Victoria
Authors: Harrison, V.S.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Philosophia
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2006 Springer
First Published:First published in Philosophia 34(3):287-301
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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