Wittgenstein and the Possibility of Religious Belief

Sayre, Patricia (2003) Wittgenstein and the Possibility of Religious Belief. In: Pre-Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, pp. 308-310.


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Contemporary philosophers of religion delimiting their field often distinguish between belief in and belief that, and then focus on the latter as more pertinent to a philosophical investigation of religious belief. The believer's relationship to a proposition, and the relationship between that proposition and reality is of primary concern. The epistemology of religious belief has thus tended to be approached as a species of justification theory; its task is to provide a satisfactory account of our acceptance or rejection of various religiously relevant propositions. It is against this background that some of the more well-known discussions of Wittgenstein's philosophy of religion have taken place. Hence one much belabored question has been whether standards for the justification of religious belief can only be determined within the context of the language-game played by the community of religious believers; another has been whether religious beliefs are even the kind of thing open to justification, for it may be that the language in which they are framed is expressive rather than propositional.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Religious Belief; Apocalyptic Atheism; Kierkegaard, S.; 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: 18 Apr 2008 14:56
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1687

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