Chapter 77. Wittgensteinian Philosophy of Religion

  1. Charles Taliaferro Professor2,
  2. Paul Draper Professor3 and
  3. Philip L. Quinn4
  1. John H. Whittaker Professor

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320152.ch77

A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Second Edition

A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Second Edition

How to Cite

Whittaker, J. H. (2010) Wittgensteinian Philosophy of Religion, in A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Second Edition (eds C. Taliaferro, P. Draper and P. L. Quinn), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320152.ch77

Editor Information

  1. 2

    St Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA

  2. 3

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

  3. 4

    John A O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Author Information

  1. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405163576

Online ISBN: 9781444320152



  • Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion;
  • Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief;
  • all beliefs about future events, having the same relation to evidence - difficulty in following Wittgenstein's point;
  • “a different kind of reasoning”;
  • Tractatus Logico - Philosophicus;
  • “after reason comes persuasion”;
  • “spiritual wisdom” or “the knowledge of faith”;
  • believers, speaking of the reality of wretchedness - and inability to escape real torments of their souls


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Works cited

  • Additional recommended readings