Faith, philosophy and the elemental: Beyond polarisation and synthesis

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Colledge, Richard J.. (2016). Faith, philosophy and the elemental: Beyond polarisation and synthesis. In In Ozoliņš, Jānis Tālivaldis (Ed.). Religion and culture in dialogue : East and West perspectives pp. 41-56 Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25724-2_4
AuthorsColledge, Richard J.
EditorsOzoliņš, Jānis Tālivaldis
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In recent debate concerning the relationship between faith and reason, a pervasive assumption is evident according to which one or other is considered to be original and basic. This paper develops an alternative view of the status of both rational and religious modes of thought drawing on the work of Adriaan Peperzak, and bringing his suggestion in this area into dialogue with a series of interlocators including Pascal, Levinas, Heidegger, Desmond and Van der Veken. Accordingly, neither rational and/or scientific methods, nor by religious orthodoxies, can claim primordiality. Rather, both of these phenomena are determinate concretions of a more elemental pre-conceptual source that can be spoken about in terms of a background experiential faith, or a metaphysical trust. It is on this basis that an alternative account of the relation between religious faith and reason is offered, according to which they are understood to be distinct yet intimately related at source.

Keywordsrationality; faith; Adriaan Peperzak; Blaise Pascal; Martin Heidegger; Emmanuel Levnias; William Desmond
Page range41-56
Year2016
Book titleReligion and culture in dialogue : East and West perspectives
PublisherSpringer
Place of publicationCham, Switzerland
SeriesSophia studies in cross-cultural philosophy of traditions and cultures
ISBN9783319257228
9783319257242
9783319798349
ISSN2211-1107
2211-1115
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25724-2_4
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