Calvin’s “Sense of Divinity” and Externalist Knowledge of God

Faith and Philosophy 15 (3):253-270 (1998)

Abstract

In this paper I explore and defend an interpretation of Calvin’s doctrine of the sense of divinity which implies the following claim: All sane cognizers know that God exists. I argue that externalism about knowledge comports well with claim CSD, and I explore various questions about the character of the theistic belief implied by CSD. For example, I argue that CSD implies that all sane cognizers possess functionally rational theistic belief. In the final sections of the paper, I respond to two main objections and argue that CSD is consistent with the existence of various kinds of atheists and agnostics.

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,722

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2011-01-09

Downloads
50 (#230,691)

6 months
1 (#387,390)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

David Reiter
Erskine College

References found in this work

The Foundations of Theism: A Reply.Alvin Plantinga - 1986 - Faith and Philosophy 3 (3):313-396.
Is It Possible to Have Contradictory Beliefs?Richard Foley - 1986 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 10 (1):327-355.
The Foundations of Theism: A Reply.Alvin Plantinga - 1986 - Faith and Philosophy 3 (3):298-313.

Add more references

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

True Belief and Knowledge Revisited.John Peterson - 1996 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 52 (1):127-135.
True Belief and Knowledge Revisited.John Peterson - 1996 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 52 (1):127-135.
Self‐Knowledge and Externalism About Empty Concepts.Ted Parent - 2015 - Analytic Philosophy 56 (2):158-168.
Self-Knowledge and Externalism.Bill Brewer - 2000 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 5:39-47.
Knowledge Externalism.Marc Alspector-kelly - 2006 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 87 (3):289–300.
On Amnesia and Knowing-How.David Bzdak - 2008 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 12 (1):36-47.