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William J. Wainwright

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195138090.001.0001

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Logic, Reality, and God

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

D. Z. Phillips

Oxford University Press

Five reasons are given for why Wittgensteinianism, though a major movement in philosophy of religion, has never been a dominant one. The remainder of the chapter is divided as follows: - I: The influence of Descartes’ Legacy. - II: Philosophy of Religion’s epistemological inheritance as seen in Reformed epistemology and the influence of Thomas Reid, and in neo-Kantianism. - III: The return from metaphysical reality in Wittgenstein. - IV: Difficulties in the metaphysical notion of God: as being itself or pure consciousness. - V: The importance of ordinary certitudes in Wittgenstein’s On Certainty. - VI: The sense of God’s “otherness” from the world. - VII: Religion and contemplative philosophy.

Keywords:   Descartes’ legacy, God’s otherness from the world, metaphysical notion of God, neo-Kantianism, ordinary certitudes (importance of), Reformed epistemology, religion and contemplative philosophy, return from metaphysical reality, Wittgensteinianism

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