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The Mature Wittgenstein On (Religious) Language

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The chapter first presents the mature Wittgenstein's view on (religious) language. Then, it shows that such philosophy of language leaves room for the ineffable, and that while Wittgenstein is famously averse to speaking about that which lies beyond the limits of language, he is not averse to all such ways of speaking so long as it is not a metaphysical chatter. The chapter also suggests that the trajectory of Wittgenstein's philosophy of language is towards theological positions that in some significant ways remain true to that of the Tractarian Wittgenstein, and is still consistent with the mystical Pseudo-Dionysian theology.

Keywords: mystical Pseudo-Dionysian theology; religious language; Tractarian Wittgenstein; Wittgensteinian philosophy of language



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