Wittgenstein: A Religious Point of View? / Edition 1

Wittgenstein: A Religious Point of View? / Edition 1

by Norman Malcolm
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801482666

ISBN-13: 9780801482663

Pub. Date: 01/28/1995

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Ludwig Wittgenstein once said to a friend, "I am not a religious man: but I cannot help seeing every problem from a religious point of view." This puzzling, but intriguing remark is the focus of Norman Malcolm's essay, which forms the centerpiece of this three-part work. Malcolm first draws together a large and illuminating collection of remarks made by Wittgenstein…  See more details below

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Ludwig Wittgenstein once said to a friend, "I am not a religious man: but I cannot help seeing every problem from a religious point of view." This puzzling, but intriguing remark is the focus of Norman Malcolm's essay, which forms the centerpiece of this three-part work. Malcolm first draws together a large and illuminating collection of remarks made by Wittgenstein at various stages of his life and in many different contexts that express his attitude toward religion. He discusses some of the ways in which Wittgenstein was drawn to religious modes of thinking and speculates concerning the barriers which kept him from full religious commitment. With great vigor he discusses what be considers the most important features of Wittgenstein's philosophical work and the nature of and reasons for the changes which took place in his thinking between Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigation. He concludes by offering four analogies between Wittgenstein's philosophical methods and his religions attitudes generally. Peter Winch, who opens the volume with an introduction that places Malcolm's essay in the context of his other writings, concludes with a substantial critique of the proposed analogies and suggests an alternative reading of the "spiritual" dimension in Wittgenstein's inquiries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801482663
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
A Religious Man?7
The Search for Explanation24
The Essence of Language40
Underlying Mechanisms48
Failed Explanations58
The Limit of Explanation74
Four Analogies84
Bibliography93
Discussion of Malcolm's Essay95
Index137

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