Against quasi-fideism

Jeroen De Ridder*

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Duncan Pritchard has recently ventured to carve out a novel position in the epistemology of religious belief called quasi-fideism. Its core is an application of ideas from Wittgensteinian hinge epistemology to religious belief. Among its many advertised benefits are that it can do justice to two seemingly conflicting ideas about religious belief, to wit: (a) that it is, at least at some level, a matter of ungrounded faith, but also (b) that it can be epistemically rationally grounded. In this paper, I argue that quasi-fideism fails. Its central tenets either have unattractive consequences or are implausible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-243
Number of pages21
JournalFaith and Philosophy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


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