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Original sin, the Fall, and epistemic self-trust

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In this paper, I argue that no strong doctrine of the Fall can undermine the propriety of epistemic self-trust. My argument proceeds by introducing a common type of philosophical methodology, known as reflective equilibrium. After a brief exposition of the method, I introduce a puzzle for someone engaged in the project of self-reflection after gaining a reason to distrust their epistemic selves on the basis of a construal of a doctrine of the Fall. I close by introducing the worry as a formal argument and demonstrate the self-undermining nature of such an argument.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-94
Number of pages10
JournalTheologica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2018

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  • Original sin, Epistemic self-trust, Trust, Self-defeat, Rationality, Epistemic rationality, Analytic theology, The Fall, Noetic Effects of Sin

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