Chapter

Truth Again

Samuel Fleischacker

in Divine Teaching and the Way of the World

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199217366
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217366.003.0024
Truth Again

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Part V of the book attempts to show how a commitment to religious revelation can be put together with the secular commitments defended in Parts I and II. In this chapter, issues about how we seek truth are revisited. It is suggested that religious believers who understand their faith in the way Part IV recommends will be even more concerned than secular people to make sure that their society fosters an open and vigorous pursuit of science. It also suggests that religious believers need to maintain a sharp distinction between private and public reason. It defends the notion of “private reason,” as against those who see it as an oxymoron.

Keywords: Bernard Williams; private reason; public reason; Kant; Rawls; truth; science

Chapter.  7320 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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