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Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion



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Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion is an exciting introduction to the influential and controversial contribution which the later Wittgenstein made to the philosophy of religion. Although his writings on religion have been few, he nevertheless developed a distinctive way of understanding religious belief which holds an enormous appeal for many readers and philosophers, especially those who do not view theistic religion as simply a form of superstition or irrationality. Wittgenstein's views on religious belief have not been without their opponents. They have successfully antagonised philosophers who believe that philosophical inquiry can undermine the various traditional justifications that religion offers on reality. Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion brings together leading Wittgenstein scholars with varying views on what the proper interpretation and acceptability of Wittgenstein's writings are on religion. The essays show how Wittgenstein's comments on religion (and magic) stress the distinctive nature of religious discourse and emphasize how we can misunderstand its theoretical assumptions if they are viewed in competition with scientific ones. The themes discussed include Wittgenstein's views on creation, magic and free will. Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion sheds new light on the perennial debate between faith and reason. It highlight the disagreements between the Wittgenstein and religious sceptics resulting in a collection that is both informative and stimulating. John Hyman, Brian R. Clack, Iakovos Vasiliou, William H. Brenner, Michael P. Hodges, Mark Addis, Paul Helm, Alan, Bailey, Kai Nielson, Robert L. Arrington

Author Biography

Robert L. Arrington is Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University. Mark Addis is senior researcher at the Univeristy of Central England.
Release date NZ
December 21st, 2000
Edited by Mark Addis Edited by Robert L. Arrington
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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