Religion Within the Limits of Language Alone: Wittgenstein on Philosophy and Religion

1st Edition

Felicity McCutcheon

Routledge
Published July 11, 2001
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9780754614425 - CAT# Y285692
Series: Heythrop Studies in Contemporary Philosophy, Religion and Theology

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Summary

Religion Within the Limits of Language Alone provides a critical examination of the Wittgensteinian philosophers of religion who claim that the word 'God' cannot be understood as referring to a metaphysical being who may or may not exist. McCutcheon traces the arguments offered by these philosophers of religion back to Wittgenstein's own criticisms of speculative metaphysics, arguing that in its religious usage the concept of God does not fall under Wittgenstein's anti-metaphysical gaze. In presenting a detailed account of Wittgenstein's own philosophical method, including his criticisms of metaphysics, McCutcheon shows that it is possible to accept Wittgenstein's criticisms of metaphysics whilst retaining the metaphysical content of religious language. This book offers a fresh understanding of Wittgenstein's philosophical method and a new critique of religious discourse for those studying philosophy and religious studies.

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