What are fundamentalist beliefs?

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What are fundamentalist beliefs?

Date Published: 18 May 2021
What are fundamentalist beliefs? On the 23rd of April 2021, Rik Peels and Nora Kindermann presented and discussed some preliminary thoughts in reply to this question at the Epistemology and Meta-Ethics  Colloquium, led by Anne Meylan, at the University of Zürich. Starting with a brief elaboration on the meaning of the term ‘fundamentalism,’ they comment upon the methodological basis for their considerations: when developing an account of fundamentalist beliefs, they rely on insights from the empirical and historical literature on fundamentalism, as well as on recent developments in epistemology. On these grounds, they discuss four accounts of fundamentalist beliefs that have either explicitly or implicitly been defended in the literature: vice theories, group theories, certainty theories, and content theories. Concluding that all of these theories are problematic, they close by presenting seven desiderata that an account of fundamentalist belief should meet.