Wittgenstein’s Philosophy

  • W. Donald Hudson
Part of the New Studies in the Philosophy of Religion book series (NSPR)


In order to understand what Wittgenstein had to say about religious belief it is necessary to know something of his philosophy as a whole and in this chapter I will attempt to give a short account of its main features.


Religious Belief Physical Object Picture Theory Modal Component Sense Impression 
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Notes and References

  1. 3.
    E.g. A. Kenny, Wittgenstein (1973) chapter 12.Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    E.g. D.F. Pears, Wittgenstein (London, 1971) p.95.Google Scholar
  3. 8.
    L. Wittgenstein, Letters to C.K. Ogden (Oxford, 1973) p.20.Google Scholar
  4. 10.
    ‘Biographical Sketch’, Phil. Rev. 1955, reprinted in N. Malcolm, Ludwig Wittgenstein (London, 1958) pp. 7–8.Google Scholar
  5. 14.
    Letter dated Gassino, 19 August 1919, quoted in J. Griffin, Wittgenstein’s Logical Atomism (Oxford, 1964) p.88.Google Scholar
  6. 16.
    Cf. W.W. Bartley, Wittgenstein (London, 1973) pp. 85–86.Google Scholar
  7. 17.
    See G. Pitcher, The Philosophy of Wittgenstein (Engelwood Cliffs, N.J. 1964) p.8n.Google Scholar
  8. 18.
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Suppl. Vol. 1929; reprinted in Essays on Wittgenstein’s Tractatus, edited by I.M. Copi and R.W. Beard (London, 1966) pp.31–37.Google Scholar
  9. 30.
    F. Waismann, Wittgenstein und der Wiener Kreis (Oxford, 1967) pp.63–64. Kenny’s translation in op.cit., pp.106–107.Google Scholar
  10. 33.
    E. Stenius, Wittgenstein’s Tractatus (Oxford, 1964) chapter ix.Google Scholar

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© W. Donald Hudson 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Donald Hudson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ExeterUK

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