[SydPhil] Notification: James Lancaster @ Wed 13 Sep 2017 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)

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Title: James Lancaster
 From Matters of Faith to Matters of Fact:
The Problem of Priestcraft, 1620-1690

This paper will explore the problem of “priestcraft” and the shifting  
philosophical responses it elicited in England before and after the  
publication of Locke’s Essay in 1690. The “problem of priestcraft”, in  
effect, boils down to the following question: if the custodians of God’s  
tabernacle are corrupt, how can one know whether the contents of the  
tabernacle have not also been corrupted? In the first instance, this paper  
will detail the responses of Edward Herbert and Thomas Hobbes in their  
attempts to safeguard revelation while simultaneously undermining  
sacerdotal authority. It will subsequently explore the impact of Locke’s  
Essay and The Reasonableness of Christianity, detailing the manner in which  
empirical notions of evidence, fact, and probability provided him with the  
linguistic and philosophical framework to re-evaluate the legitimate  
grounds of religious faith. I will ultimately argue that the “problem of  
priestcraft” acted as a catalyst to philosophically narrow the legitimate  
grounds of faith until faith was deemed legitimate only when grounded upon  

When: Wed 13 Sep 2017 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Sydney Uni
Calendar: Seminars
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