Att ge utrymme för sekulär och religiös agnosticism

Tidsperiod: 2019-01-01 till 2021-12-31

Projektledare: Francis Jonbäck

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Projektbidrag

Budget: 3 000 000 SEK

There is an attitude towards belief in God that more and more people in today’s Western society, in particular in the Nordic countries, veer towards – namely, an agnostic attitude or stance. Contemporary philosophers of religion have not explored and analysed in any detail the content of agnosticism, the different forms it could take, and its consequences for a religious way of life. The purpose of this project is to identify, analyse, and evaluate the attitudes that may properly fall under the umbrella term ‘agnosticism’. A specific aim of the project is to critically evaluate whether one can coherently and reasonably adopt a religious practice and outlook on the world while also being agnostic. My analysis and pragmatic evaluation of the stance to be called ‘religious agnosticism’ will be a significant contribution to the field. The project is intended to be empirically informed. The general theoretical approach is that of formulating hypotheses and testing them by using methods of conceptual analysis and the assessment of the coherence and soundness of arguments and their presuppositions. The project will be carried out within three years. For two years I will be at the Department of Theology in Helsinki benefitting from Sami Philström’s work on pragmatism and being involved in the activities of the huge interdisciplinary group ‘Reason and Religious Recognition’. The project is important partly because the research field of agnosticism is significantly underdeveloped.