Date of Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD)
Edward H. Minar
Second Committee Member
This project is an attempt to understand the nature of religious belief through the lens of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophical perspective. Chapter One outlines Wittgenstein’s approach to language and meaning and explores the tension that many contemporary analytic philosophers of religion find in Wittgensteinian approaches to religious belief. Chapter Two addresses concerns Wittgenstein had with Frege’s understanding of logic and the limits of thought and ties it to criticism from Wittgensteinian philosophers about the possibility of making any sense of religious belief. Chapter Three pulls together the concerns of the previous two chapters and attempts to reconcile them. A schematic outline of religious belief is presented and then put into conversation with work done by Iris Murdoch.
Daniel, Joshua Timothy Kenyon, "Wittgenstein's Liberating Word: A Meditation on Philosophy and God" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 1378.