Agnosticism
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While general scepticism doubts on principle the possibility of true knowledge, agnosticism is a particular form of scepticism which declares that there can be no knowledge of anything beyond the reach of the senses and hence denies the existence of metaphysics as a science, and in particular the knowability of God. The word was introduced by T. H. Huxley (1825–1895) to distinguish his position from metaphysics (that of the “Gnostics”).

In the strict sense, the representatives of all forms of positivism, pragmatism and materialism are agnostics. Against these, the…

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Jörg Splett, “Agnosticism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 13 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_000060>
First published online: 2016



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