Chapter

The Depth of Disagreement

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/9780198269717.003.0004
The Depth of Disagreement

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This chapter examines the criticism of cognitive philosophers of religion on the views of D. Z. Phillips about the need to rationally prove the existence of God. Cognitive philosophers accused Phillips of being a non-cognitivist, a revisionist, an atheist, and of cutting off belief in God from any genuine criticism by denying the application of the rationality principle to the analysis of God's existence. This chapter discusses Phillips' responses to these criticisms and argues that the disagreement between traditional philosophy of religion and Phillips' Wittgensteinianism is so great that no solution appears possible.

Keywords: existence of God; D. Z. Phillips; philosophy of religion; cognitive philosophy; rationality principle; Wittgensteinianism

Chapter.  9816 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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