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Communities of Discourse

Douglas V. Porpora

in Landscapes of the Soul

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134919
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134915.003.0009
Communities of Discourse

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Examines how our sense of reality, in general, and religious reality, in particular, are established within community. Certain religious experiences, it is argued, are possible only within certain communally established frames of reality. Relativism and skepticism about ultimate truth are nonetheless to be resisted. Following the philosophical perspective of critical realism, it is argued that objective truth can be ascertained – if always provisionally – through the process of argument that is itself a community or intercommunity endeavor.

Keywords: argument; critical realism; objective truth; reality; relativism; religious experience; religious reality; skepticism; truth

Chapter.  10428 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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