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Wittgensteinianism

D. Z. Phillips

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195138092
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835348 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138090.003.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Wittgensteinianism

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Five reasons are given for why Wittgensteinianism, though a major movement in philosophy of religion, has never been a dominant one. The remainder of the chapter is divided as follows: - I: The influence of Descartes’ Legacy. - II: Philosophy of Religion’s epistemological inheritance as seen in Reformed epistemology and the influence of Thomas Reid, and in neo-Kantianism. - III: The return from metaphysical reality in Wittgenstein. - IV: Difficulties in the metaphysical notion of God: as being itself or pure consciousness. - V: The importance of ordinary certitudes in Wittgenstein’s On Certainty. - VI: The sense of God’s “otherness” from the world. - VII: Religion and contemplative philosophy.

Keywords: Descartes’ legacy; God’s otherness from the world; metaphysical notion of God; neo-Kantianism; ordinary certitudes (importance of); Reformed epistemology; religion and contemplative philosophy; return from metaphysical reality; Wittgensteinianism

Chapter.  11875 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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