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Warranted Neo-Confucian Belief: Religious Pluralism and the Affections in the Epistemologies of Wang Yangming (1472-1529) and Alvin Plantinga

David W. Tien
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Vol. 55, No. 1 (Feb., 2004), pp. 31-55
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40021230
Page Count: 25
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Warranted Neo-Confucian Belief: Religious Pluralism and the Affections in the Epistemologies of Wang Yangming (1472-1529) and Alvin Plantinga
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Abstract

In this article, I argue that Wang Yangming 's Neo-Confucian religious beliefs can be warranted, and that the rationality of his religious beliefs constitutes a significant defeater for the rationality of Christian belief on Alvin Plantinga' s theory of warrant. I also ques- tion whether the notion of warrant as proper function can adequately account for theories of religious knowledge in which the affections play an integral role. I demonstrate how a consid- eration of Wang's epistemology reveals a difficulty for Plantinga's defense of the rationality of Christian belief and highlights a limitation of Plantinga's current conception of warrant as proper function.

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