Wittgenstein's Language Games


Wittgenstein's Language Games

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  • Distinguishes it from other types of language.
  • Langugage games provide boundaries for correct use of language.
  • Highlights non-cognitive nature of religious language.
  • Believers can be initialised into the rules of language.


  • Religious Language alienates those outside the game. If you are not part of a particular form of life you are not privy to the language and protocals leading to misunderstanding.
  • Some thinkers suggest that the theory resembles Fideism (the doctrine that knowledge depends on faith or revelation).
  • Phillips- Wittgenstein's argument supports his view of religion, but this leads to irrationalism and blind faith.


Overall language games takes a different view to religion than other philosophical views. With reference to Wittegnstein's langugae games this provides a new way of thinking and one that is coherent and valuable. This is because applying this theory to everyday life is very true, for example, the terminology used in a football game will be confusing to someone who has never watched or taken an interest into football before. There seems to be more strengths than weaknesses to this theory, however it could be argued that validity or reliblity of this approach depends on the views of those who come across it, for exampke atheists are less like to support Wittgenstein because they don't understand the different way of seeing language than a religious individual will (this may link to category mistake). 


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