نوع مقاله : مقاله پژوهشی
عنوان مقاله [English]
In his magnum opus Perceiving God, William Alston has tried to show
that one can be justified in believing some religious beliefs on the
grounds of some religious experiences. According to his theory, those
religious experiences which have -phenomenologically- perceptual
characters are entitled to play the role of ground for some other beliefs.
This paper examines some of the main criticisms of this view, as well
as Alston's replies to them. Evaluating the arguments of two sides of
the debate, the author puts forward his comments and criticism. It has
been finally concluded that as far as Alston's arguments are concerned
his main claim remains under question.