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Wittgenstein and Natural Religion$
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Gordon Graham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713975.001.0001

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Natural Theology and Natural Religion

Natural Theology and Natural Religion

(p.1) 1 Natural Theology and Natural Religion
Wittgenstein and Natural Religion

Gordon Graham

Oxford University Press

David Hume’s Natural History of Religion is taken as the starting point for an explication of “true” religion, human nature, and a normative anthropology of religion. The chapter contrasts Hume’s Natural History with his more famous Dialogues and argues that the former should be interpreted as an interestingly different kind of “philosophy of religion.” This alternative has philosophical predecessors in Spinoza, contemporaries in Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, and Jonathan Edwards, and philosophical successors in Friedrich Schleierermacher and John Stuart Mill. The chapter concludes by relating Wittgenstein’s attitude to religion to this alternative form of philosophical interest in religion.

Keywords:   natural religion, Hume, Kant, Schleiermacher, belief, action, emotion

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