Philosophy of religion, fictionalism, and religious diversity

Harrison, V.S. (2010) Philosophy of religion, fictionalism, and religious diversity. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 68(1-3), pp. 43-58. (doi: 10.1007/s11153-010-9251-8)

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Until recently philosophy of religion has been almost exclusively focused upon the analysis of western religious ideas. The central concern of the discipline has been the concept “God”, as that concept has been understood within Judaeo-Christianity. However, this narrow remit threatens to render philosophy of religion irrelevant today. To avoid this philosophy of religion should become a genuinely multicultural discipline. But how, if at all, can philosophy of religion rise to this challenge? The paper considers fictionalism about religious discourse as a possible methodological standpoint from which to practice a tradition-neutral form of philosophy of religion. However, after examining some of the problems incurred by fictionalism, the paper concludes that fictionalism and religious diversity are uneasy bedfellows; which implies that fictionalism is unlikely to be the best theory to shape the practice of philosophy of religion in a multicultural context.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Fictionalism. Realism. Comparative Philosophy of Religion. Religious Language. Religious 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:International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Journal Abbr.:IJPR
ISSN (Online):1572-8684
Published Online:04 August 2010

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