ISBN : 9780198801627
Can we talk meaningfully about God? Grammatical Thomism affirms that religious language is nonsensical, because the reality of God is beyond our capacity for expression. 'Nonsense' is standardly taken to be a term of criticism in Wittgenstein's work, but Mulhall argues that we can exploit an analogy with riddles to take a more positive view.
Preface; Lecture One Nonsense and Theology: Exhausting the Options?; Lecture Two The Flounder and the Fisherman's Wife: Tractarian Ethics, the Mystical, and the Religious; Lecture Three Grammatical Thomism: Five Ways of Refusing to Make Sense; Lecture Four Analogical Uses and the Projectiveness of Words: Wittgenstein's Vision of Language; Lecture Five Perfections and Transcendentals: Wittgenstein's Vision of Philosophy; Lecture Six Authority and Revelation: Philosophy and Theology; Epilogue