Interpreting Interreligious Relations with Wittgenstein: Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies


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This volume argues that Wittgenstein’s philosophy of religion and his thought in general continue to be highly relevant for present and future research on interreligious relations. Spanning several (sub)disciplines – from philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, comparative philosophy, comparative theology, to religious studies – the contributions engage with recent developments in interpretation of Wittgenstein and those in the philosophy and theology of interreligious encounter. The book shows that there is an important and under-explored potential for constructive and fruitful engagement between these academic fields. It explores, and attempts to realize, some of this potential by involving both philosophers and theologians, and critically assesses previous applications of Wittgenstein’s work in interreligious studies.

Contributors are Gorazd Andrejč, Guy Bennett-Hunter, Mikel Burley, Thomas D. Carroll, Paul Cortois, Rhiannon Grant, Randy Ramal, Klaus von Stosch, Varja Štrajn, Nuno Venturinha, Sebastjan Vörös and Daniel H. Weiss.

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Gorazd Andrejč is a philosopher of religion. He is Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, and Senior Researcher at the Science and Research Centre of Koper, Slovenia. He is the author of Wittgenstein and Interreligious Disagreement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Daniel H. Weiss is Polonsky-Coexist Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Paradox and the Prophets: Hermann Cohen and the Indirect Communication of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2012).
"Many articles address rather specific and controversial scholarly issues, and hence it is clear that the book is [...] aimed at those already familiar with the subject, and for them it offers interesting Wittgensteinian and 'Wittgenstein-involving' perspectives concerning the interpretation of interreligious relations." - Timo Koistinen, in Theologische Literaturzeitung (145, 2020).
Abbreviations of the Works of Ludwig Wittgenstein
Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction: Interpretations of Wittgenstein, Religion and Interreligious Relations
Gorazd Andrejč
2 “Being Near Enough to Listen”: Wittgenstein and Interreligious Understanding
Mikel Burley
3 Wittgenstein and Ascriptions of “Religion”
Thomas D. Carroll
4 Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy as Foundation of Comparative Theology
Klaus von Stosch
5 Wittgenstein’s Religious Epistemology and Interfaith Dialogue
Nuno Venturinha
6 Showing the Fly out of the Bottle: Wittgenstein’s Enactive Apophaticism and Interreligious Dialogue
Sebastjan Vörös and Varja Štrajn
7 Radical Pluralism, Concept Formation, and Interreligious Communication
Randy Ramal
8 Wittgensteinian Quasi-Fideism and Interreligious Communication
Guy Bennett-Hunter
9 The God of the Intellect and the God of Lived Religion(s): Reflections on Maimonides, Wittgenstein and Burrell
Daniel H. Weiss
10 Multiple Religious Belonging in a Wittgensteinian Perspective
Rhiannon Grant
11 Names, Persons and Ritual Practices – Wittgenstein and the Way of Tea
Paul Cortois

Those interested in Wittgenstein, theology of religions, comparative theology, Wittgensteinian (and other) philosophy of religion, interreligious dialogue, intercultural relations. Also, clergy in the UK, US and Australia, and interfaith activists.
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