A Critical Assessment of Wittgenstein"s View on Religion: An Islamic Perspective

Javadi, Mohsen A Critical Assessment of Wittgenstein"s View on Religion: An Islamic Perspective. In: Pre-Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 158-160.


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Wittgenstein"s views on religious language have been taken by many of his commentators as a form of noncognitivism. According to this view "religious statements are regarded as exhortations to lead a certain sort of life, or as prescriptions on how to lead one"s life, or as expressing certain kinds of sentiments or attitudes, such as encouragement to lead a moral life.� (Runzo 1993, 157) John Hick recognizes the idea of "language game� that belongs to the later philosophy of Wittgenstein as the root of this non-cognitive interpretation that was developed by D.Z. Philips and others. (Hick 1990, 96) Hick also appeals to this non-cognitive character of religious language to conclude that Wittgenstein held a non-realistic interpretation of religion. Hick identifies non-cognitivism about religious discourse with a non-realist interpretation of religion, defining non-realism as a position that interprets "religious language, not as referring to a transcendent reality… but as expressing our emotions or our basic moral insights and intentions or as referring to our moral and spiritual ideals.� (Hick 1990, 7)

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Non Cognitive Language; Religious Realism; Wittgenstein, L.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Religionsphilosophie, Religionskritik
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2008 09:54
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1624

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