The Scientific Outlook

Hugh Rice

in God and Goodness

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250289
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598302 | DOI:
 The Scientific Outlook

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Argues that the ordinary scientific outlook is not characterized by the sort of metaphysical hygiene and epistemological security that are sometimes thought of as the goals of empiricism. It is committed to a belief in order; it is committed to a belief in rationality—that some reasons for beliefs are good reasons, and some bad; it is committed to explanation. These commitments, I shall be arguing, provide a foundation for a belief in God.

Keywords: empiricism; explanation; God; order; rationality; reasons; scientific outlook

Chapter.  3528 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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