Over at 3 Quarks Daily, a site I find of extremely variable quality, there’s a decent post up today (PCC[E] said self-aggrandizingly). It’s by my philosophy colleague Maarten Boudry, whose help and collaboration gave me Philosophy Cred, and it’s called “Disbelief in Belief.”
Boudry’s piece is a concise, popular exposition of the paper that Boudry and I wrote for Philosophical Psychology, a paper whose thesis is that religious people often really believe, in a factual sense, much of the doctrine they take as true (e.g., the Genesis creation story or the inerrancy of the Qur’an). We wrote it because another philosopher, Neil Van Leuuwen, claimed that, in reality, religious believers see such “truth” claims as “fictive imaginings”—something different from empirical claims like “the Earth orbits the Sun.” We took issue with his claim in our paper, and then answered Van Leeuwen’s attempt to rebut us.
The links to the papers are embedded in Maarten’s piece, and my offer to send pdf files of our two papers still stands.