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The Theology Of The Early Wittgenstein

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This chapter argues that there is a theology of sorts that underpins the thought of the early Wittgenstein and that theology is mysticism. To prove this point, significant parallels are drawn between the early Wittgenstein's theology and the mystical theology of Pseudo-Dionysius, the Areopagite and those that followed in his footsteps such as John Scottus Eriugena and St. Thomas Aquinas. The chapter argues that the early Wittgenstein is a theologian of sorts inasmuch as his philosophical thought is underpinned by a theology, and this theology is mysticism, not pantheism, as some respected commentators see. It presents features of the early Wittgenstein's theology and features of the Pseudo-Dionysian mystical theology. The chapter concludes with the claim that the theology of the early Wittgenstein belongs in the lineage of the Pseudo-Dionysian theology.

Keywords: mysticism; pantheism; pseudo-Dionysian theology; Wittgenstein's theology



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