The epistemology of religiosity: An Orthodox Jewish perspective

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This paper focusses on the Rabbinic suggestion that the attitude of awe, rather than any particular belief, lies at the heart of religiosity. On the basis of these Rabbinic sources, and others, the paper puts forward three theses: (1) that belief is not a sufficiently absorbing epistemic attitude to bear towards the truths of religion; (2) that much of our religious knowledge isn't mediated via belief; and (3) that make-believe is sometimes more important, in the cultivation of religiosity than is mere belief.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-332
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Epistemology
  • Judaism
  • Make-belief
  • Midrash
  • Religiosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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