Wittgenstein, Meaning and Religious Truth
These remarks were made at a transitional phase of Wittgenstein’s philosophical development.
Is speech essential for religion? I can quite well imagine a religion in which there are no doctrines and hence nothing is said. Obviously the essence of religion can have nothing to do with the fact that speech occurs — or rather: if speech does occur this itself is a component of religious behaviour and not a theory. Therefore nothing turns on whether the words are true, false, or nonsensical. (trans. Max Black, Philosophical Review (1965) 16)
KeywordsPrivate Process Religious Doctrine Vienna Circle Religious Believer Religious Language
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