Faith as Imagination and the Despair Problem

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According to non-doxasticism, religious faith can be in an important sense belief-less. However, such faith becomes vulnerable to the despair-problem known from the literature on hope. I suggest that the problem can be overcome by adopting J. L. Schellenberg’s imagination-based account of non-doxastic faith. In developing this idea, I draw on the account of imagination offered by Amy Kind and an understanding of despair suggested by Cheshire Calhoun. The core of my proposal is that faith excludes despair if both attitudes are conceived of in terms of holding a phenomenological picture of the world in one’s imagination.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImagination in Religion
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from the Philosophy of Religion
EditorsEspen Dahl, Jan-Olov Henriksen, Marius T. Mjaaland
PublisherLIT Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-3-643-91210-7
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventWings of Desire: The Limits and Potentialities of Imagination within the Philosophy of Religion - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 2019 Jun 132019 Jun 15

Publication series

NameNordic Studies in Theology


ConferenceWings of Desire

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy


  • Non-Doxastic Religion
  • Imagination
  • Schellenberg
  • Faith
  • Despair


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