Wittgenstein, Frazer and Religion

  • Brian R. Clack

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Expressivism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
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  4. Methodology: Description and Explanation

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      Pages 51-51
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  5. The Natural History of a Ceremonial Animal

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      Pages 105-105
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 177-200

About this book


Wittgenstein, Frazer and Religion expounds and analyses the argument of Wittgenstein's Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough . It details the reasons for Wittgenstein's rejection of the intellectualist theory of religion, and suggests a new interpretation of his rival view of ritual. Denying that Wittgenstein's account is straightforwardly expressivist, the author builds his own interpretation on Wittgenstein's claim that magic is akin to metaphysics. In the course of the book, the author considers such matters as expressivism, 'perspicuous representation', the nature of human sacrifice, and Wittgenstein's cultural pessimism.


bibliography history history of literature Human sacrifice interpret Ludwig Wittgenstein metaphysics natural history nature physics reason religion

Authors and affiliations

  • Brian R. Clack
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  1. 1.St Clare’s International CollegeOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230371682
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-40020-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-37168-2
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