Religious Language

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Religious Language

               

Meaningless

  • A. J. Ayer and others commonly know as the logical positivists made the bold claim that God talk was meaningless.
  • Verification Principle (Strong)
    • For any statement to be meaningful it must be verifiable by sense experience (morality, metaphysical etc. statements – meaningless)
      • What about visiting mars?

 

  • Verification Principle (Weak)
    • For any statement to be meaningful it must be verifiable by senses experience or we must know how to verify the statement
      • In Language, Truth and Logic Ayer said of God talk that ‘the notion of a person whose essential attributes are non-empirical is not an intelligible notion at all’

 

Criticism

 

  • The VP cannot be verified itself – self refuting
    • LP claimed that it was just a recommendation for a use of words
      • Well…we decline their recommendation!

 

  • Swinburne – Toys example
  • Also, in principle ‘If I were god I would be able to check the truth of my own existence’
  • Verify after death? Difficultly that we can have no disproof.

 

Falsification

 

  • Parable of the gardener
    • Two men, clearing in jungle, one of the men claims an invisible gardener maintains the clearing. All tests fail to show the

Comments

Saqlain

Very good notes. I take A2 RS and found this very helpful. Thank you very much

tshiiy17

thank you , really hopeful , could you please include myths and criticisms of language games?

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