The Demise of Foundationalism and the Retention of Truth: What Evangelicals Can Learn from C. S. Peirce

Amos Yong

The demise of epistemological foundationalism over the course of the present century has reopened theological questions about truth. Two prevalent non-foundationalist alternatives, postliberalism and postmodernism, have been unable to provide adequate accounts for the full sense of the notion of truth classically conceived as correspondence, coherence, and pragmatic. Amos Yong suggests that the fallibilistic epistemology, multi-faceted semiotic theory of truth, and philosophical pragmatism of Charles S. Peirce provide a viable means by which evangelicals can reconstruct a non-foundationalist theory of knowledge that is able to preserve the kind of robust doctrine of truth including that of truth as propositional they are well known for. Mr. Yong is Assistant Professor of Theology at Bethel College (MN).

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