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God and the external world

By M. Smith

Abstract

There are a number of apparent parallels between belief in God and belief in the existence of an external world beyond our experiences. Both beliefs would seem to condition one’s overall view of reality and one’s place within it – and yet it is difficult to see how either can be defended. Neither belief is likely to receive a purely a priori defence and any empirical evidence that one cites either in favour of the existence of God or the existence of the external world would seem to blatantly beg the question against a doubter. I will examine just how far this parallel can be pushed by examining some strategies for resisting external world scepticism

Publisher: Wiley
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gla.ac.uk:44881
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