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Wittgenstein's Religious Point Of View

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Wittgenstein once remarked to his student and confidant Maurice Drury: "I am not a religious man, but I can't help see every problem from a religious point of view". It bothered Norman Malcolm enough to prompt him to find out what Wittgenstein might have meant by it. This remark must be that significant and as such it merits another look. And this chapter takes such a look. It deals with the issue of whether or not his claim to see problems from a religious point of view should be taken at face value. The chapter touches on the religious traditions linked to the thought of Wittgenstein, and which might have to do with what he says is his religious point of view, and suggests that the most felicitous of all the traditions thus far suggested is mysticism. It weighs the merits of positing mysticism as Wittgenstein's religious point of view.

Keywords: mysticism; Norman Malcolm; Wittgenstein's religious point of view



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