Wittgenstein and Natural Religion

Hardcover | October 18, 2014

byGordon Graham

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Gordon Graham presents a radically innovative study of Wittgenstein's philosophy, in relation to the age-old impulse to connect ordinary human life with the transcendent reality of God. He offers an account of its relevance to the study of religion that is completely different to the standardversion of "Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion" expounded by both its adherents and critics. Graham goes on to revitalize the philosophy of "true religion", an alternative, though not a rival, to the lively philosophical theology of Plantinga and Swinburne that currently dominates the subject. This alternative style of philosophy of religion has equally deep historical roots in the philosophical works of Spinoza, Hume, Schleiermacher, and Mill. At the same time, it is more easily connected to the psychological, sociological, and anthropological studies of William James, Emile Durkheim,Max Weber, Mircea Eliade, and Mary Douglas. Graham uses Wittgenstein's conception of philosophy to argue in favour of the idea that 'true religion' is to be understood as human participation in divine life.

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Gordon Graham presents a radically innovative study of Wittgenstein's philosophy, in relation to the age-old impulse to connect ordinary human life with the transcendent reality of God. He offers an account of its relevance to the study of religion that is completely different to the standardversion of "Wittgensteinian philosophy of re...

Gordon Graham is Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary. He previously taught philosophy at the University of St Andrews and from 1995-2005 was Regius Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. He has published sixteen books as well as many articles and reviews, and is fo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:October 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Natural Theology and Natural Religion2. Understanding Wittgenstein3. Language Games, Forms of Life and Grammar4. World-pictures and Groundless Belief5. Philosophy as a Religious Point of View6. Philosophy as 'Therapy'7. Wittgenstein, James and Frazer8. The Sacramental Universe9. The Sacred and the SupernaturalBibliography