International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 31–55

Warranted Neo-Confucian belief: Religious pluralism and the affections in the epistemologies of Wang Yangming (1472–1529) and Alvin Plantinga

  • David W. Tien

DOI: 10.1023/B:RELI.0000014903.30383.e6

Cite this article as:
Tien, D.W. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2004) 55: 31. doi:10.1023/B:RELI.0000014903.30383.e6


In this article, I argue that Wang Yangming'sNeo-Confucian religious beliefs can bewarranted, and that the rationality of hisreligious beliefs constitutes a significantdefeater for the rationality of Christianbelief on Alvin Plantinga's theory of warrant. I also question whether the notion of warrantas proper function can adequately account fortheories of religious knowledge in which theaffections play an integral role. Idemonstrate how a consideration of Wang'sepistemology reveals a difficulty forPlantinga's defense of the rationality ofChristian belief and highlights a limitation ofPlantinga's current conception of warrant asproper function.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. Tien
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  1. 1.IUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA