This article discusses the concept of religious inclusivism, which is the theoretical requisite for all doctrines of pagan salvation. By considering a series of antique and early modern examples, two main conceptions of religious truth are analyzed. These can be distinguished from each other according to the tendency to reject or to accept the idea that ‘false creeds’, understood as sets of imperfect beliefs, could be considered nonetheless ‘true’ as opposed to ‘untrue’. Inclusivist and exclusivist choices in the field of religion are thus explained as resulting from different doctrines of truth. As a consequence, the traditional connection between inclusivism and polytheism, on the one hand, and exclusivism and monotheism, on the other, is partially rejected.

The Truth of the Matter: Observations on Inclusivism and Exclusivism / G. Mori (ARCHIVES INTERNATIONALES D'HISTOIRE DES IDÉES). - In: Inexcusabiles: Salvation and the Virtues of the Pagans in the Early Modern Period / [a cura di] A. Frigo. - Prima edizione. - [s.l] : Springer, 2020. - ISBN 9783030400163. - pp. 187-211 [10.1007/978-3-030-40017-0_11]

The Truth of the Matter: Observations on Inclusivism and Exclusivism

Giuliano mori
2020

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This article discusses the concept of religious inclusivism, which is the theoretical requisite for all doctrines of pagan salvation. By considering a series of antique and early modern examples, two main conceptions of religious truth are analyzed. These can be distinguished from each other according to the tendency to reject or to accept the idea that ‘false creeds’, understood as sets of imperfect beliefs, could be considered nonetheless ‘true’ as opposed to ‘untrue’. Inclusivist and exclusivist choices in the field of religion are thus explained as resulting from different doctrines of truth. As a consequence, the traditional connection between inclusivism and polytheism, on the one hand, and exclusivism and monotheism, on the other, is partially rejected.
Settore M-FIL/06 - Storia della Filosofia
Dipartimenti di Eccellenza 2018-2022 - Dipartimento di FILOSOFIA
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