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Wittgenstein, Frazer and Religion

Authors: Clack, Brian

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Wittgenstein, Frazer and Religion expounds and analyses the argument of Wittgenstein's Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough . It details the reasons for Wittgenstein's rejection of the intellectualist theory of religion, and suggests a new interpretation of his rival view of ritual. Denying that Wittgenstein's account is straightforwardly expressivist, the author builds his own interpretation on Wittgenstein's claim that magic is akin to metaphysics. In the course of the book, the author considers such matters as expressivism, 'perspicuous representation', the nature of human sacrifice, and Wittgenstein's cultural pessimism.

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BRIAN R. CLACK is Tutor in Philosophy at St. Clare's International College, Oxford. He received his PhD from London University in 1994, and is, with Beverly Clack, the author of An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (forthcoming).

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Clack... succeeds both in capturing valuable strains of thought in Wittgenstein and in considering Wittgenstein's thought seriously and critically. Choice


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wittgenstein, Frazer and Religion
Authors
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted. Dual edition
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-37168-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230371682
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-21642-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-68240-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 200
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