The second task which I proposed for Wittgensteinian philosophers of religion in Chapter 3 is that of relating religious language-games to other language-games. Of course, religion is not the only area in which such a problem arises: many commentators on Wittgenstein have drawn attention to the need to relate different language-games to each other as well as to distinguish them. Wittgenstein himself noted that there are such relationships (P.I. 65), but he said little about their nature. The problem is particularly acute when various fields of enquiry raise issues which go beyond their own boundaries: neurophysiology, for example, seems to pose questions about human freedom and responsibility, while the religious belief in immortality, as traditionally understood, encounters issues in the philosophy of mind, especially with regard to the migration of consciousness (see Pears, pp. 119–20).
KeywordsPrime Mover Family Resemblance Natural Theology Metaphysical View Proper Proportionality
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