International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 70, Issue 3, pp 217–229

Pragmatic encroachment, stakes, and religious knowledge


DOI: 10.1007/s11153-011-9294-5

Cite this article as:
Rizzieri, A. Int J Philos Relig (2011) 70: 217. doi:10.1007/s11153-011-9294-5


It is commonly held that epistemic standards for S’s knowledge that p are affected by practical considerations, such as what is at stake in decisions that are guided by that p. I defend a particular view as to why this is, that is referred to as “pragmatic encroachment.” I then discuss a “new argument against miracles” that uses stakes considerations in order to explore the conditions under which stakes affect the level of epistemic support that is required for knowledge. Finally, I generalize my results to include other religiously significant propositions such as “God exists” and “God does not exist.”


EpistemologyPragmatic encroachmentStakes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CUNY-LaGuardiaLong Island CityUSA