Has Wittgenstein Been Misunderstood by Wittgensteinian Philosophers of Religion?
Article first published online: 12 FEB 2003
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 44–72, January 2003
How to Cite
Amesbury, R. (2003), Has Wittgenstein Been Misunderstood by Wittgensteinian Philosophers of Religion?. Philosophical Investigations, 26: 44–72. doi: 10.1111/1467-9205.00185
- Issue published online: 12 FEB 2003
- Article first published online: 12 FEB 2003
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The appropriate application of Wittgenstein's thought to problems in the philosophy of religion has long been debated. A body of emerging scholarship argues that the philosophers of religion who pioneered this application are guilty of having misunderstood and distorted Wittgenstein's thought. This paper seeks to counter these charges by arguing that they generally depend on either construals of Wittgenstein's thought that are themselves implausible or misreadings of the philosophers against whom they are levied. Special attention is given to accusations of fideism, quietism, expressivism, and positivism, as well as to the work of Phillips, Winch, and Rhees.