Can We Talk? Crossing the Abyss Between Reason and Faith

By Candice Shelby.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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As science has come under attack by religious fundamentalists, while the manner of thinking required by faith-based religions is attacked by scientific (rationalist) thinkers, the question arises whether these two powerful forces can peacefully co-exist, and perhaps even engage in successful dialogue. Using insights provided by Leibniz and Spinoza, this paper provides historical precedent for reconciling two disparate approaches to the questions of ethics: reason and religious faith. Completing this analysis is an assessment of the possibility of productive interaction between the camps.

Keywords: Science, Religion, Ethics, Reason, Spinoza, Leibniz

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.221-226. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 504.769KB).

Prof. Candice Shelby

Associate Professor, Philosophy, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, USA

Prof. Shelby is Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. She received her Ph.D. from Rice University in 1989. Prof. Shelby also serves as the Director of the Center for Ethics and Community at UCDHSC. Her philosophical interests are broad, ranging from the history of philosophy to ethics (particularly ethics in education) to contemporary issues in epistemology and metaphysics.

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