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The Proper Role of Philosophy

Richard Messer

in Does God’s Existence Need Proof?

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269717
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683763 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269717.003.0003
The Proper Role of Philosophy

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This chapter examines the proper role of philosophy on the issue of the existence of God and the traditional philosophical acceptance and rejection of the principle of rationality. This principle proposes that the issue of the existence of God is susceptible to philosophical justification or refutation and that reason can be usefully applied to discussion of God's existence. This chapter shows that the Wittgensteinian school of philosophy stands in a long tradition of rejection of the principle of rationality and discusses the appropriateness of the Proofs.

Keywords: existence of God; philosophy; rationality; the Proofs; reason; theology

Chapter.  7011 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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