Communities of Informed Judgment: Newman's Illative Sense and Accounts of Rationality
Frederick D. AquinoISBN: 0813213649;
Book DescriptionIs Christian belief rationally acceptable? Must every Christian defend his or her beliefs with exhaustively logical arguments, or is belief solely a matter of faith rather than logical argument? In Communities of Informed Judgment, Frederick D. Aquino offers an alternative route, showing how John Henry Newman?s notion of the illative sense of reasoning paves a way for constructing a fresh account of the rationality of Christian belief. Moving beyond both modern and postmodern accounts of rationality, Aquino constructs a proposal of informed judgment, blending Newman?s notion of the illative sense of reasoning with recent work in social and virtue epistemology. The first part of the book focuses primarily on Newman?s treatment of the illative sense in the Grammar of Assent, with the University Sermons as a backdrop. The second part addresses the problem of securing a common standard of justification. Though Newman acknowledges the social and communal...
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