Chapter

Terra Firma

Howard Wettstein

in The Significance of Religious Experience

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199841363
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841363.003.0004
Terra Firma

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The chapter opens with a sketch of the author’s philosophical naturalism, a tendency with a long history, but considerably different that the naturalisms that are popular today. The chapter’s thesis is that Wittgenstein’s naturalism is of a piece with what was sketched. Wittgenstein’s treatment of Pain vocabulary is explored at some length as both exemplifying the tendency in question and it’s own terms quite a natural view.

Keywords: naturalism; Wittgenstein; scepticism; possible worlds; pain vocabulary; linguistic expression of pain; report of pain; linguistic evolution

Chapter.  9261 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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