By Robert L. Arrington, Mark Addis

An exhilarating advent to the contribution which the later Wittgenstein made to the philosophy of faith. even though his writings at the topic were few, Wittgenstein constructed influential and debatable theories on either faith (and magic) which emphasize the special nature of spiritual discourse and the way this nature may be misunderstood while considered in direct festival with technology. The members of this assortment shed new mild at the perennial debate among religion and cause. the result's a set that's either informative and stimulating.

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Clack, An Introduction to Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Religion (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999), pp. 27–50. Ayer, Language, Truth and Logic (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971), pp. Stevenson, Ethics and Language (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1944). ), The Philosophy of Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971), pp. 72–91. , p. 79. Swinburne, The Coherence of Theism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977), p. 85. Banner, The Justification of Science and the Rationality of Religious Belief (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990), p.

27–50. Ayer, Language, Truth and Logic (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971), pp. Stevenson, Ethics and Language (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1944). ), The Philosophy of Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971), pp. 72–91. , p. 79. Swinburne, The Coherence of Theism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977), p. 85. Banner, The Justification of Science and the Rationality of Religious Belief (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990), p. 69. , pp. 45–6. Eliade, Patterns in Comparative Religion (London: Sheed & Ward, 1987), p.

This theme emerges in Wittgenstein’s consideration of rain-making ceremonies: I read, amongst many similar examples, of a rain-king in Africa to whom the people appeal for rain when the rainy season comes. But surely this means that they do not actually think he can make rain, otherwise they would do it in the dry periods in which the land is a ‘parched and arid desert’. For if we do assume that it was stupidity that once led the people to institute this office of Rain King, still they obviously knew from experience that the rains begin in March, and it would have been the Rain King’s duty to perform in other periods of the year.

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