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Religious Beliefs, Superstitions and Wittgenstein


Religious Beliefs, Superstitions and Wittgenstein
by K.C. Pandey

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Wittgenstein's religious point of view is generally seen as having twin aspects: religious beliefs are inexpressible, and that they have their own form of life. Notwithstanding the apparent differences in these aspects, there seems to be no dichotomy between them if we review them in the context of the development of his philosophy of religion and language. This book critically expounds Wittgenstein's notion of religious beliefs through interpreting various concepts of his philosophy of language. Taking a close look at the lack of foundation of religion, it deals with anti-scientific treatment of superstitions and miracles, and tries to abridge the alleged cleavage between Wittgenstein's acceptance of mystical experience and his rejection of privacy of experience.

About The Author

K.C. Pandey is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, DDU Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur. He also taught at the colleges of Delhi University, B.R.A. Bihar University, and Himachal Pradesh University. Dr. Pandey successfully completed U.G.C.-I.U.C. Associateship at IIAS, Shimla. The UGC selected him for JRF & Teacher Fellowship, and Government of India recommended him for Commonwealth Fellowship. With awarded writings to his credit, he has contributed research papers in journals and anthologies both in India and abroad such asPhilosophical Investigations, Cadernos de Filosofia, Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, IIAS Summerhill Review, Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Paramarsh, Darshanik Traimasik, and Samaj Dharm Aur Dharshan. His published works include: Wittgenstein Ke Darshan Ki Ruparekha (An Outline of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy) (2005), Tulanatmak Darshan (Comparative Philosophy) (2005), Ecological Perspectives in Buddhism (2008), Perspectives on Wittgenstein’s Unsayable (2008), Ludwig Wittgenstein: Ethics and Religion (2008), and Nitishastriya Vimarsh Aur Mahakavya (Ethical Reflections and Epics) (2009).

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