Faith and Humility

ISBN : 9780198809487

Jonathan L. Kvanvig
240 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2018
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This book is devoted to articulating the connections between the nature and value of faith and humility. The goal is to understand faith and humility in a way that does not discriminate between religious and mundane contexts, between sacred and secular. It arises from a conviction that these two character traits are important to a flourishing life, and intimately related to each other in such a way that the presence of one demands the presence of the other. In particular, the book defends the claim that each of these virtues provides a necessary, compensating balance to the potential downside of the other virtue. The result of such an inquiry, if that inquiry is successful, will require a re-orienting of discussions surrounding faith, including debates about the relationship between faith and reason.


1. Faith Worth Having
2. Cognitive versus Functional Accounts
3. Non-Cognitive Accounts
4. Dewey, Epistemic Fetishism, and Classical Theism
5. Functional Faith in Religious Contexts
6. Faith, Humility, and Virtues in Isolation
7. Expressions of Humility and Epistemological Psychology
8. The Logical Space of Humility
9. Humility: Nature, Value, and Virtue
10. Conclusion

About the author: 

Jonathan L. Kvanvig is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, previously Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, having held previous faculty positions at the University of Notre Dame, Texas A&M University, and the University of Missouri. His scholarly activities focus in metaphysics & epistemology, philosophy of language and logic, and philosophy of religion, with more than 15 books and over 100 articles published.

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