The Benefit of the Doubt

B. Keith Putt

in Gazing Through a Prism Darkly

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230457
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235223 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Benefit of the Doubt

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This opening chapter provides a brief introduction to and exposition of Merold Westphal's “prophetic” philosophy of religion. It focuses primarily on the wisdom of humility that characterizes his thought and how that wisdom, expressed through the redemptive dynamic of doubt, may contribute to developing a postsecular “apologetic” for faith. With a prophetically critical voice, Westphal calls for humility and commitment, always confessing that human beings can encounter meaning and truth only as human beings, never as gods.

Keywords: Merold Westphal; philosophy of religion; hermeneutics of finitude; Immanuel Kant; transcendental depravity; wisdom; humility

Chapter.  7910 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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