- The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman
- The Oxford Movement
- The Oratory
- Print Culture
- The Church Fathers
- Joseph Butler
- The British Naturalist Tradition
- Richard Whately
- The Anglican Parish Sermons
- Justification: the Doctrine, the Lectures, and Tract 90
- <i>Sensus Fidelium</i>
- Doctrinal Development
- Ecclesiology: the polycentric Church
- Ecumenism, Mariology, and the Papacy
- Political and Social Thought
- Philosophy of Education
- The <i>Apologia</i>
- The Literary Stylist
- Catholic Theological Receptions
- Anglican Theological Receptions
- The University
- Literary Legacy
Abstract and Keywords
Two crucial epistemological issues that preoccupied Newman were the conditions under which Christian belief can be considered rational and the intellectual contours of forming a connected view. His approach homes in on the informal and cumulative nature of reasoning, the role of personal judgement in assessing evidence, and the broadening of one’s intellectual horizons. This chapter also draws attention to an important epistemological question about how the illative sense, as a kind of personal judgement, provides the relevant means to adjudicate one’s own judgement in the midst of other illations. It concludes with three areas that deserve further epistemological attention and development: the role of commitment in forming rational beliefs, the social dimension of the illative sense, and the place of Newman in the modern story of epistemology.
Frederick D. Aquino is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the Graduate School of Theology, Abilene Christian University.
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