A Confusion of the Spheres : Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein on Philosophy and Religion (Paperback)

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Genia Sch?nbaumsfeld's book is, to date, the most comprehensive study in English of the relationship between Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein's thinking on the philosophy of religion...breaks novel ground in its comparison of Kierkegaard and the younger Wittgenstein...by means of the rigour with which it examines some of the most important issues uniting these two influential figures, A Confusion of the spheres makes a novel contribution to its subject. Sch?nbaumsfeld's outlines an attractive interpretative position that gives us a way of making sense not only of Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein's work, and the relationship between them, but of what it is to have a religious belief. For this reason alone it deserves to be taken seriously, and is highly recommended.'-Jamie Turnbull, International Journal of Phihisophical Studies

'If Sch?mhaumsteld's first chapter is a contribution to intellectual history, the rest of her book is a sharply argued contribution to the philosophical effort to understand religious language. In the fourth chapter she argues against the 'Target View' of religion, which assumes that religious beliefs are to he treated as empirical or metaphysical hypotheses that undergird the practice of a religious way of life. Kierkegaard, notoriously, argued that it was illogical to judge religious ideas objectively as hypothetical 'premises,' and Wittgenstein shared this view. But the proponents of standard models of objective justification claim that Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein are fideists, who leave no ground on which to justify religious belief at all and thus evacuate religious claims of any cognitive significance. This debate has gone on for some time now, but Sch?nbaumsfeld's new way of approaching it starts with Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein's conception of philosophy itself. Both of these writers, she says, understand religious belief as an ethical" matter-not because they think that religious ideas are reducible to ethical teachings but because the very concept (it faith essentially involves life-changing considerations of character and selfhood. This distinction separates such judgments from ordinary, theoretical and descriptive, judgments of fact.'- John Whittaker, The Review of the Metaphysics.


Publisher Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
Mfg Part# 9780199581962
SKU 212923817
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0199581967
Release Date 4/1/2010
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Number of Pages 0213
Publisher Oxford University Press
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