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Quinn argues that the infallibilist majority won the vote at Vatican I, but the minority won the argument.
In particular, this paper argues that an infallibilist can easily explain why assertions of "p, but possibly not-p" (where the "possibly" is read as referring to epistemic possibility) is infelicitous in terms of the knowledge rule of assertion.
The study goes on to elaborate four case studies: a maximal infallibilist, Cardinal Henry Manning; two moderates, John Henry Newman and Avery Dulles; and a minimalist, Hans Kung, who in fact dissents from the doctrine.
Fallibilism is required for the growth of knowledge; infallibilist, dogmatic inquirers would not be prepared to critically question their beliefs (28-9, 76, 142-3).
And yet mechanical law, which the scientific infallibilist tells us is the only agency of nature, mechanical law can never produce diversification.
And this is worse, because to do this is to make yourself, in your own mind, immune to criticism, which will serve to make you even more infallibilist.
Lacking an infallibilist epistemology (such as Descartes' foundationalism), the only means of assessing the relative viability of Christianity is a comparative philosophy of religion, comparing Christianity's persuasiveness, cohesiveness, and effectiveness with that of the other available worldviews.
Also, the author denies the requirement is infallibilist, on the ground that one could be in a condition of complete safety and not know infallibly that one is.
In this article, Dodd explains Williamson's infallibilist account of perceptual knowledge, contrasting it with Peter Klein's, and argues that Klein's account leads to a certain problem which Williamson's can avoid.
But we are also told that he is, in another sense, an infallibilist (p.
This assumption, when conjoined with infallibilist assumptions about epistemic justification (see below), inevitably leads to the ego-centric predicament of insoluble Cartesian skepticism.
Although the document was never debated before the council its observations, critical of the infallibilist position, provide a useful summary of the fundamental presuppositions that made papal infallibility a defensible, though not a necessary position within l9th-century American Catholic thought.
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