SOPhiA 2013

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programm - Vortrag

Why Should the Problem of Religious Disagreement be Taken Seriously?
(Religionsphilosophie, Englisch)

My talk will be dedicated to the important problem Philosophy of Religion faces today -- the disagreement among diverse religious traditions. The problem is understood as a state of affairs where different religions assert contradictory and incompatible truth-claims on the subjects as nature of God or Salvation. The problem is addressed to Christian philosophers who believe that only claims of their own religion are truthful while statements of other belief systems are false. The recent discussion spreads between positions of people who push the problem forward and propose a philosophical hypothesis to answer them (''pluralists'') and those who deny that holding a view that only one religion is true is wrong, both morally or epistemologically (''exclusivist''). One of the most well-know proponents of pluralism is John Hick. Alvin Plantinga and Peter van Inwagen can be taken as defenders of exclusivism. Three attitudes toward the problem are possible:

1) To accept both the problem and a pluralist solution (i.e., that not only one tradition is true but others, or at least some of them, are true as well).

2) To accept the problem, but reject the pluralist solution.

3) To accept neither the problem nor the pluralist solution.

In my talk I will address the philosophers whose views belong to the third category. I will examine the critical responses to Hick made by Alvin Plantinga and Peter van Inwagen who deny the philosophical challenges of religious disagreement. They both stand on exclusivist ground and argue that the disagreement of religions doesn't make any problem for a Christian faith. I aim to answer to their criticism and justify why problem of disagreement should be taken seriously.

Chair: Alexander Gebharter
Zeit: 16:00-16:30, 12. September 2013 (Donnerstag)
Ort: HS 107
Anmerkung: ÄNDERUNG. Der Vortrag entfällt!

Iurii Kozik
(University of Bergen, Norwegen)

Iurii Kozik (BA in phil.). Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine (2012); thesis about Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion. MA in Philosophy at University of Bergen, Norway (in progress). Publications in Philosophy of Religion and Wittgenstein.

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