Does faith require belief? “Belief-plus” accounts of faith say yes. “Non-doxastic” accounts say no but tend to place a “no-disbelief constraint” on faith. Both sides, I argue, are mistaken for making belief (or disbelief) explanatorily prior to faith. Indeed, both “faith” and “belief” have contextualist semantics, which leaves only a tenuous tie between the applications of the two words.
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Thanks to Michael Antony, Jonathan Berg, Helen De Cruz, Daniel Howard-Snyder, Arnon Keren, Iddo Landau, Ran Lanzet, Hannes Leitgeb, Daniel McKaughan, Ariel Meirav, Michael Scott, Aaron Segal, Saul Smilansky, and Danny Statman for helpful suggestions and discussion. Thanks also to the anonymous reviewers provided by Synthese. I am happy to note that since I authored this paper, the University of Haifa has indeed offered me a tenure track appointment to begin in October 2021. I owe a debt of gratitude to all of those in my department who toiled to make that happen. I thank them for their faith in me, and for translating my own faith into belief.
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