The Place of Phronesis in the Methodology of Theology

  • Linda Zagzebski
  • Nancey Murphy
Part of the Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion book series (CSPR)


A significant recent development in philosophy is the search for new models of rationality. This is the result of widespread discontent with the traditional model of rationality as embodied in argument and argument as paradigmatically mathematical, a discontent that is not limited to philosophers of a particular school, nor to those specializing in certain areas of philosophy. It can be found not only among epistemologists and philosophers of mind, but also among moral and political philosophers, philosophers of science and philosophers of religion. It can be found among analytic philosophers, as well as among those primarily influenced by continental Europe. And it has guided some historical research on the methodology of ancient philosophy. The importance of this development for the rationality of religious belief is obvious. At the very least it shows that the search for a new model of rationality among theistic philosophers is not just an ad hoc reaction to religious scepticism, but is something that would be necessary in any case.


Religious Belief True Belief Justify Belief Practical Wisdom Moral Virtue 
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  • Linda Zagzebski
  • Nancey Murphy

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