Faith as Imagination and the Despair Problem

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Abstract

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.

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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Philosophy

Keywords

  • Non-Doxastic Religion, Imagination, Schellenberg, Faith, Despair
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
Pages111-125
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-3-643-91210-7
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
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
Volume8

Conference

ConferenceWings of Desire
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityAarhus
Period2019/06/132019/06/15