A little something on philosophy of religion seems appropriate at this time of year. So, here is a link to Alexander Pruss’s discussion of Wittgenstein’s views on religious language over at Prosblogion. The piece opens as follows:
Wittgensteinians lay stress on the idea that
- One cannot understand central worldview concepts without living as part of a community that operates with these concepts.
The non-Christian cannot understand the Christian concept of the Trinity; the Christian and the atheist cannot understand the Jewish concept of God’s absolute unity as understood by Maimonides; … It is only by being a part of a community in which these concepts are alive that one gains an understanding of them.
Often, a corollary is drawn from this, that while internal critique or justification of a worldview tradition … is possible, no external critique or justification is possible. In fact, there is an argument for this corollary. …