The Early Wittgenstein on Religion

The Early Wittgenstein on Religion

Author: J. Mark Lazenby

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441142887

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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Many have observed how Wittgenstein's later philosophy illuminates the philosophy of religion. Rarely, however, have they paid attention to his early philosophy. Those who have argued that Wittgenstein refuted his early positions in his later work. This book proves otherwise. The proof is found in the answer to an important, but largely ignored, question: what is the relation of Wittgenstein's discussion of logic to his discussion of religion and ethics in the early work? Lazenby's answer is that Wittgenstein, in his discussion of logic, describes the boundaries of factual discourse for the purpose of fixing a common language. And in his discussion of religion and ethics, Wittgenstein suggests that when religious and ethical statements fall outside this common language, we should reconstruct them to make sense within the common language. Such reconstruction ensures that the meaning of religious utterances agrees with how believers actually live and speak. Lazenby's approach is novel because it finds unity in what commentators have considered incommensurable topics in Wittgenstein's early work-logic and religion-while also finding unity between his early and later philosophy. Lazenby ends the book by considering the implications for theology and inter-religious dialogue. If theologians reconstruct the meanings of words that have lost their meaning in the common language of the modern world, these words will regain their force in the lives of believers. And the very possibility of a common language allows logical space for theologians from among the world's religions to find a common language in which to communicate.

The Early Wittgenstein on Religion
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: J. Mark Lazenby
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-11-21 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Many have observed how Wittgenstein's later philosophy illuminates the philosophy of religion. Rarely, however, have they paid attention to his early philosophy. Those who have argued that Wittgenstein refuted his early positions in his later work. This book proves otherwise. The proof is found in the answer to an important,
The Early Wittgenstein on Religion
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: J. Mark Lazenby
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-11-21 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Many have observed how Wittgenstein's later philosophy illuminates the philosophy of religion. Rarely, however, have they paid attention to his early philosophy. Those who have argued that Wittgenstein refuted his early positions in his later work. This book proves otherwise. The proof is found in the answer to an important,
Wittgenstein
Language: en
Pages: 72
Authors: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1966-06 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

In 1938 Wittgenstein delivered a short course of lectures on aesthetics to a small group of students at Cambridge. The present volume has been compiled from notes taken down at the time by three of the students: Rush Rhees, Yorick Smythies, and James Taylor. They have been supplemented by notes
A Confusion of the Spheres
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Genia Schönbaumsfeld
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-03-11 - Publisher: OUP Oxford

Cursory allusions to the relation between Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein are common in the philosophical literature, but there has been little in the way of serious and comprehensive commentary on the relationship of their ideas. Genia Schönbaumsfeld closes this gap and offers new readings of Kierkegaard's and Wittgenstein's conceptions of philosophy
Wittgenstein in the 1930s
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: David G. Stern
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-04 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Shows the importance of Wittgenstein's philosophy in the 1930s, in its own right and for his philosophy as a whole.