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The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 4, 1999

Philosophies of Religion, Art, and Creativity

William P. Alston
Pages 91-102

What Is Distinctive About the Epistemology of Religious Belief?

In what follows, I discuss the extent to which the epistemology of religious belief differs from the epistemology of other areas of our belief, as well as the extent to which it is similar. There will be important similarities: for example, the standards for the application of terms of epistemic assessment like ‘justified’, ‘warranted’, and ‘rational’. But in this essay, I concentrate on delineating some important differences between religious and non-religious epistemology.

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