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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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Understanding Wittgenstein

Understanding Wittgenstein

(p.17) 2 Understanding Wittgenstein
Wittgenstein and Natural Religion

Gordon Graham

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys the range of Wittgenstein’s texts that have been thought relevant to religion. It highlights the importance of differences between key published philosophical texts by Wittgenstein, notes taken by students and friends, and the personal recollections of acquaintances. It questions the philosophical significance of many of the sources to which philosophers of religion have appealed. It notes the almost total lack of reference to religion in the philosophical texts. It argues against placing any heavy reliance on the notes and recollections. Instead, it argues for the indirect relevance of the philosophical texts to the understanding of religion.

Keywords:   philosophical investigations, on certainty, culture and value, recollections of Wittgenstein

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