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Philosophy and Theology

Volume 29, Issue 1, 2017

Matthew W. Knotts
Pages 83-100
DOI: 10.5840/philtheol201611972

You Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine
Comparing Paradigms

The task of this article is to propose an alternative method for adjudicating truth claims between various paradigms. Informed by sources such as Augustine, Aquinas, Heidegger, Gadamer, and Kuhn, I argue for a form of reasoning which aspires to credibility, plausibility, and explanatory capacity, rather than absolute proof. Instead of representing a flight from scientific standards, I argue that such an approach ultimately represents the best hope of safeguarding the essence of science and rationality as such.