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Wittgensteinian Fideism?

Kai NielsenD Z Phillips

Wittgensteinian Fideism?

Kai NielsenD Z Phillips

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The faith and reason argument is one that each and every theologian and philosopher must consider at some stage in their education. This text should appeal to academics across the spectrum of philosophy and theology and other humanities areas such as language and literature.

- Publisher These exchanges, from the worlds two leading authorities, are further enhanced by a clarifying introduction from Bela Szabdos and two further critiques from Nancy Bauer and Stephen Mulhall within the text

- Publisher This is an extended discussion of this timeless argument of faith and reason. In 1965 D Z Phillips published The Concept of Prayer, one of his first books, and the first time that the influence of Wittgenstein's thought in the philosophy of religion was truly exposed. Two years later, in 1967, Kai Nielsen published his famous article "Wittgensteinian Fideism" in the journal Philosophy. Their respective philosophical work has developed over the years, with Phillips becoming known as the leading proponent of Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion, (Wittgenstein's philosophy was that language had only limited meaning unless one understood the rules of the game in order to decipher the structure underlying language. D Z Phillips relates this to theology and religious faith.) and with Nielsen returning to renew his investigation of what he believes is the fideistic implications of this mode of philosophizing. (Nielsen's point being that by applying such reason to religious faith, one does away with the relevance of the faith. If God can be proven, why bother with a faith?) For Phillips the term "Wittgensteinian Fideism" (the belief that faith and reason are separate and faith can only be achieved by the denial of certain rational truths) does more harm than good, since for him it misrepresents and deflects us from the main logical issues concerning language and reality in Wittgenstein's work. For Nielsen, Wittgensteinian Fideism constitutes the most powerful contemporary challenge to secular naturalism. Wherever readers stand in the dispute, there is much to learn from the exchanges within it.

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About "Wittgensteinian Fideism?"

The faith and reason argument is one that each and every theologian and philosopher must consider at some stage in their education. This text should appeal to academics across the spectrum of philosophy and theology and other humanities areas such as language and literature.
- Publisher

These exchanges, from the worlds two leading authorities, are further enhanced by a clarifying introduction from Bela Szabdos and two further critiques from Nancy Bauer and Stephen Mulhall within the text
- Publisher

This is an extended discussion of this timeless argument of faith and reason. In 1965 D Z Phillips published The Concept of Prayer, one of his first books, and the first time that the influence of Wittgenstein's thought in the philosophy of religion was truly exposed. Two years later, in 1967, Kai Nielsen published his famous article "Wittgensteinian Fideism" in the journal Philosophy. Their respective philosophical work has developed over the years, with Phillips becoming known as the leading proponent of Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion, (Wittgenstein's philosophy was that language had only limited meaning unless one understood the rules of the game in order to decipher the structure underlying language. D Z Phillips relates this to theology and religious faith.) and with Nielsen returning to renew his investigation of what he believes is the fideistic implications of this mode of philosophizing. (Nielsen's point being that by applying such reason to religious faith, one does away with the relevance of the faith. If God can be proven, why bother with a faith?) For Phillips the term "Wittgensteinian Fideism" (the belief that faith and reason are separate and faith can only be achieved by the denial of certain rational truths) does more harm than good, since for him it misrepresents and deflects us from the main logical issues concerning language and reality in Wittgenstein's work. For Nielsen, Wittgensteinian Fideism constitutes the most powerful contemporary challenge to secular naturalism. Wherever readers stand in the dispute, there is much to learn from the exchanges within it.
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Kai Nielsen

Kai Nielsen is chairman of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary, and is internationally known for his works on moral and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, Marxism and meta-philosophy.

D Z Phillips

Bela Szabados is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Classics at the Univesity of Regina.

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction: Wittgensteinian Fideism 1968-1989 - An Appreciation Bela Szabados; Part One Wittgensteinian Fideism? 1967-1989; Chapter 1 Wittgensteinian Fideism - Kai Nielsen; Chapter 2 Wittgenstein And Religion: Fashionable Criticisms - Dz Philips; Chapter 3 D Z Phillips On The Foolishness Of Wittgenstieian Fideism - Kai Nielsen; Chapter 4 The Way We Were - Dz Phillips; Part Two Reflecting On Wittgensteinian Fideism; Chapter 5 Nielsen's Sceptical Strategies - D Z Phillips; Chapter 6 Wittgensteinian Fideism Revisited - Kai Nielsen; Chapter 7 Retrospective And Six Concerns In Logic - D Z Phillips; Part Three Religion And Understanding; Chapter 8 Can Anything Be Beyond Human Understanding? Kai Nielsen; Chapter 9 Understand Or Else - D Z Phillips; Chapter 10 On Anything Being Beyond Human Understanding Kai Nielsen; Chapter 11 On Human Understanding - Nancy Bauer; Chapter 12 The Grammar Of "beyond Understanding" - D Z Phillips; Part Four Wittgenstein And Religion; Chapter 13 Wittgenstein And Wittgensteinians On Religion Kai Nielsen; Chapter 14 Religion And Obstacles Of The Will - D Z Phillips; Chapter 15 Avoiding Nonsense, Keeping Cool; Nielsen, Phillips And Philosophy In The First Person Stephen Mulhall; Chapter 16 On Obstacles Of The Will - Kai Nielsen; Chapter 17 Wittgenstein: Contemplation And Cultural Criticism - D Z Phillips

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  • Catalogue Code 249849
  • Product Code 0334040051
  • EAN 9780334040057
  • Pages 396
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Scm Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2005
  • Dimensions 234 x 156 x 29 mm
  • Weight 0.517kg

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