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Communities of Informed Judgment

Newman's Illative Sense and Accounts of Rationality

Frederick D. Aquino

Publication Year: 2012

An original contribution to Newman studies, the book has an interdisciplinary focus, drawing from recent work in social epistemology, virtue epistemology, and cognitive science. It also takes up issues relevant to the philosophy of religion, epistemology of religious belief, systematic theology, ecumenical dialogue, and studies in John Henry Newman.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press


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pp. vii

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pp. ix-x

Completion of a book involves the cooperation, guidance, and support of many people. First of all, I am sincerely indebted to Professor William Abraham, to whom I dedicate this book. As a mentor, teacher, and friend, William embodies the qualities of informed...

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1. Re-reading Newman

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pp. 1-13

Under what conditions is it appropriate to think of Christian belief as rationally acceptable? Recent scholarly developments furnish new resources for tackling this important question. Such efforts do not suggest dissatisfaction with the process of human rational...

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2. University Sermons: A Preliminary Investigation

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pp. 14-47

The Oxford University Sermons offer a preliminary investigation of the conditions under which Christian belief can be considered rationally acceptable. Newman rethinks the process of belief-formation, stressing an integral balance of subjective and objective dimensions...

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3. Cultivating Personal Judgment: A Methodological Dilemma

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pp. 48-94

How can Christians justify ordinary beliefs, the vast majority of which lack demonstrative proof? What role does judgment play in solving this epistemic concern? For Newman, the search for a reliable process of belief-formation ends with the discovery of the...

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4. A Social Epistemology of Informed Judgment

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pp. 95-146

A solution to the problem of common measure presupposes an internalist framework of knowledge—cognitive access to how the mind justifies knowledge.The problem, however, cannot be solved by reference to a common measure independent of communal instantiations...

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5. Shaping Communities of Theological Judgment

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pp. 147-163

How does a social epistemology of informed judgment shape the formation of theological judgment? What role does theological reflection as a mature reflection of informed judgment play in shaping ecclesial life? What are some implications for contemporary...


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pp. 165-176


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pp. 177-182

E-ISBN-13: 9780813215839
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813213644

Page Count: 195
Publication Year: 2012