Michael Scott addresses a range of central questions about the meaning of religious language and discourse.
- Should we treat religious discourse at face value or are there fundamental differences between religious discourse and other areas of descriptive discourse?
- Is 'God' a name and how does it refer?
- Are religious utterances metaphorical?
- Do religious utterances express feelings, intentions or stances as well as or instead of beliefs?
The book draws on current research in the philosophy of language as well as work in theology and Continental Philosophy to develop a novel theory of religious language. New work and original insights are also presented on the historical development of research in the field. This is first original, wide-ranging account of the meaning of religious language in over two decades.
Michael Scott is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at The University of Manchester, UK. In addition to writing numerous papers in the field, he has edited Reading Philosophy of Religion with Graham Oppy and Realism and Religion with Andrew Moore. He is co-editor of the philosophy of religion journal Ars Disputandi.
PART I: RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE
4. Braithwaite and Verificationism
5. Religious Internalism
6. Against Expressivism
PART II: RELIGIOUS TRUTH
11. Truth in Religion
PART III: RELIGIOUS DISCOURSE
13. Metaphor and Analogy