The question this book aims to address is: how do we take on board post-modern insights regarding the relationship between language and world without losing our grip on theological truth? Employing the linguistic philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein as ‘philosophical hand-maid’ (as opposed to ‘metaphysical gate-keeper’, which has tended to be the case), it subjects to critique both traditional realist and post-modern constructivist perspectives as it examines how the nature and role of metaphor-making at the creative edge of language casts light on the God-language-world relationship. It concludes that a Wittgensteinian understanding of the relationship between language and world is not only compatible with a ‘theistic-realist’ doctrine of God but that the shape of this doctrine is inescapably Trinitarian.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften|
|Series:||Religions and Discourse Series , #50|
|Product dimensions:||5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.03(d)|
About the Author
Sue Patterson returned to New Zealand in 2010 to take up the post of Senior Lecturer in Philosophical Theology and Ethics at Bishopdale Theological College following a decade in Ireland as a Church of Ireland Rector and (latterly) Dean of Killala Cathedral. Prior to her time in Ireland, she was Lecturer in Ethics and Applied Theology at Trinity College, Bristol and a Postdoctoral (Fulbright) Scholar at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton NJ. Her first book, the product of her post-doctoral research, Christian Realist Theology in a Postmodern Age, was published in 1999.
Table of Contents
Contents: The Case for Language-Games as Basic – The Consequences of Language-Games as Basic – A Wittgensteinian Explanation of Metaphor – Metaphorising – Inventions and Inculcations – Metaphorising, Actuality and Possibility – Metaphorised Worlds – Metaphorising and Revelation – Language-Games and Grace – The Case for a ‘Language-Game Theology’.