To what extent do factors such as upbringing and education shape our philosophical views? And if they do, does this cast doubt on the philosophical results we have ob-tained? This paper investigates irrelevant inﬂuences in philosophy through a qualitativesurvey on the personal beliefs and attitudes of philosophers of religion. In the light of these ﬁndings, I address two questions: an empirical one (whether philosophers of religion are inﬂuenced by irrelevant factors in forming their philosophical attitudes), andan epistemological one (whether the inﬂuence of irrelevant factors on our philosophicalviews should worry us). The answer to the empirical question is a conﬁdent yes, to the epistemological question, a tentative yes.
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