Revised Paper Proposal #2
Every person has their own types of faith and beliefs along with their own levels of knowledge. Many philosophers have argued over if these two topics can correlate with each other or not. Pascal and Montaigne both have stated that someone’s faith can be correlated to one’s reasoning and knowledge. Hume and Kierkegaard on the other side have stated that they are two separate ideas that cannot be correlated to each other. Does reasoning lead to faith or the other way around? Can the knowledge of someone differ so much from their faith of what they don’t understand or not know? These are questions that these philosophers have tried to answer and I believe that Pascal and Montaigne have made an argument I agree with. Hume and Kierkegaard both have great reasoning and it makes sense to have the two topics separate from each other but I also argue that without one the other would not be possible to have. We use reasoning to understand the world around us and we do our best to gain as much knowledge as we can but anything that we cannot explain or is out of our area of knowledge we leave it to faith to fill in gaps. The history of mankind has shown this time and time again in a lot ways where we gain a lot of knowledge but we always get stuck somewhere so we resolve to faith to explain the rest. Maybe it’s the other way around and all of our faith and beliefs lead us to explore and find more information. Most of us have faith in knowing there’s more information out there that we have not found out yet so there is a small correlation with knowledge and faith. It could also be a mixture of the two, having faith leads to us finding knowledge and having knowledge leads us to believe in certain faiths of which other people can relate to.
Outline for Paper:
• Claim: I agree with Montaigne and Pascal in believing that reasoning and faith are correlated together. Faith results from having a certain amount of knowledge and knowledge results from faith leading to explanations.
o Montaigne and Pascal both agree with reasoning and faith being correlated and Hume and Kierkegaard do not agree with them being correlated
o The idea of faith and reasoning being able to coexist and interact with each other as 1 rather than them being separate. Knowledge with faith or knowledge vs. faith
• Reasons/supports: when reasoning falls short faith fills in to solve the rest of the gaps that we can’t fill in. Same thing goes with faith, once you reach a certain point in having faith you begin to gain knowledge and your faith is the cause of that.