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Concluding Remarks: The Difference It Makes In Understanding Wittgenstein's Religious Point Of View

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This chapter shows that it makes a difference to know what Ludwig Wittgenstein's religious point of view is mysticism, and that the difference may possibly extend even to matters that are not obviously religious in nature. It describes about criticisms against Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion being misconceived because of a lack of cognizance of Wittgenstein's religious point of view. The chapter explains the issues raised against Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion, namely religious non-realism, crypto-atheism and fideism. The allegation that the Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion is non-realist is made either on the ground that it is a position parallel to Wittgenstein's behaviourism or that it is a strain of linguistic idealism. Religious non-realism is non-belief in the substantive reality of God; and non-belief in the substantive reality of God is atheism.

Keywords: crypto-atheism; fideism; God; Ludwig Wittgenstein; philosophy of religion; religious non-realism

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