By James F. Harris (auth.)
When Gene lengthy, editor of Kluwer's guide of up to date Philosophy of faith sequence, first invited me to write down the quantity on Analytic Philosophy of faith, I authorised with nice enthusiasm. My merely reason behind that enthusiasm now's that i used to be more youthful and extra naive on the time. quickly after beginning paintings at the quantity, my enthusiasm used to be dampened via the daunting value of the duty. i started as a sprinter and fast settled into the velocity of a long-distance runner. even if I thought of myself good learn within the topic, I quickly stumbled on that I had loads of study to do to be convinced that I had thought of the entire significant contributions to a few of the discussions, concerns, and of faith. As I learn increasingly more difficulties discovered inside analytic philosophy books and articles, i spotted that I had rushed right into a territory already good trodden through the angels. i'm vastly inspired by means of the sophistication and subtlety of philosophical argument that represent different debates in modern analytic philosophy of faith. This quantity covers an unlimited volume of fabric. i've got endeavored to supply the fairest attainable interpreting of alternative authors, and, in situations the place I contain my very own severe reviews and enhance my very own positions, i've got endeavored to supply the most powerful attainable interpretations of the positions I criticize.
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4 A meaningful, legitimate scientific hypothesis is one on the basis of which a scientist is able to deduce specific expectations concerning matters of fact. If, in certain, specifiable circumstances, the predicted results are not obtained, then the hypothesis is refuted or falsified. Any hypothesis or other claim that is theoretically immune to any such falsification is not empirically significant, and whatever else it might be or do, such a statement does not contain any factual information about the world.
This has become one of the most commonly known, reprinted, and anthologized pieces ever produced in analytic philosophy of religion. " Once upon a time two explorers came upon a clearing in the jungle. In the clearing were growing many flowers and many weeds. " So they pitch their tents and set a watch. No gardener is ever seen. " So they set up a barbed-wire fence. They electrify it. They patrol with bloodhounds. (For they remember how H. G. ) But no shrieks ever suggest that some intruder has received a shock.
Iff. 54 See, for example, God, Philosophy, and Academic Culture, edited by William J. : Scholars Press, 1996). 55 Such approaches are discussed in Chapter IV. I have in mind here the work of Alvin Plantinga involving reformed epistemology, the work of William Alston involving religious perception, and the work of Marilyn Adams regarding evil and suffering. 26 ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY OF REUGION The evolution of the philosophical climate within analytic philosophy has generally been from one of hostility toward the philosophy of religion to one that is much more favorable.
Analytic Philosophy of Religion by James F. Harris (auth.)