Worldhood Competence and Performance: The Site for Wittgenstein"s Religious Language

Okonkwo, Jerome Ikechukwu (2003) Worldhood Competence and Performance: The Site for Wittgenstein"s Religious Language. In: Pre-Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, pp. 272-274.


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It is common knowledge that Wittgenstein cannot be called fundamentally a religious writer. All the same, he did not dismiss the reality 'religion' as nonsense. It is opined here that, Wittgenstein was very consistent in his references to it. We strongly claim that religion was a subject of his philosophical preoccupation positioned among his general striking similes, arresting moments and connections of his general methods. Religion gained occasional and/or scattered referencing in his works (e.g. the notes of 1938, the positioning of religion and/or theology as grammar in the 'Philosophical Investigations (PI: 373; p.283), Zettel and the later work 'Culture and Value). Despite the above, we have to agree, with Wittgenstein, that his poetic compositions are to be understood and seen in consistent connections (PI: 122) even when they look disconnected.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: worldhood; language games; Religion; private language argument; Wittgenstein, L.;
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Religionsphilosophie, Religionskritik
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Geschichte der Philosophie > g) 20.Jahrhundert
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2008 06:52
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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