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Wittgenstein and the Metaphysics of Grace$
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Terrance W. Klein

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204236

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204236.001.0001

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The World that is Mystical

The World that is Mystical

(p.1) 1 The World that is Mystical
Wittgenstein and the Metaphysics of Grace

Terrance W. Klein

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a brief introduction to the thought of Wittgenstein. It argues that Christians have nothing to fear by accepting his now commonplace maxim that the meaning of any word is its usage, not some occult object lying beyond the word. It then introduces the thought of this seminal thinker to those who might be unfamiliar with it, but it also takes discussion of Wittgenstein's writings to a deeper, theological level. It addresses questions such as: what is the relationship between the divine and the human in the thought of Wittgenstein? Can the word ‘grace’ find a place within the world of his discourse?

Keywords:   Christianity, words, grace, Tractatus

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