Jörg Disse
Theologische Fakultät Fulda, Germany
In his late philosophy, Wittgenstein radically dissociates religion and metaphysics. In the first part of this paper, the implicit consequences of his critique of metaphysics for his philosophy of religion are analysed. On the one hand, it appears that Wittgenstein, in contrast to Aristotelian metaphysics, has no place for any metaphysical understanding of God, on the other hand, in contrast to Plato's metaphysical epistemology, it becomes evident that for him there is no possibility of any kind of metaphysical experience of God. The last part questions the a-metaphysical foundations of his positive understanding of religion.
Keywords concept  essence  language game  metaphysics  knowledge  religious experience  form of life  God  belief
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