Wittgenstein & Religion. New Implications for Wittenstein`s Philosophy of Religion
|Datum:||Freitag, 11 November 2016 - Sonntag, 13 November 2016|
|Ort:||Heidelberg, PTS (KARLSTR. 16), SR 2 + 3|
|Veranstalter:||Dr. Tony Pacyna & der Lehrstuhl für Syst. Theologie Prof. Dr. Philipp Stoellger, Theol. Fakultät, Univ. Heidelberg|
HANNE APPELQVIST (HELSINKI), WILLIE VAN DER MERWE (AMSTERDAM), PETER K. WESTERGAARD (COPENHAGEN), TUBA ISIK (PADERBORN), ANDREAS KORITENSKY (PADERBORN), ALEJANDRO TOMASINI (MEXICO CITY), GORAZD ANDREJC (CAMBRIDGE), THOMAS RENKERT (HEIDELBERG), SEAN SPAIN (BATH SPA), DANIÉLE MOYAL-SHARROCK (HERTFORDSHIRE), TONY PACYNA (HEIDELBERG), REZA HOSSEINI (STELLENBOSH)
The conference is open for everyone who is interested. Students and faculty staff is preferred. A reader will be provided before the conference including all presentations.
Prior registration is desired: tony.pacyna(at)wts.uni-heidelberg.de
WITTGENSTEIN ON RELIGION
Ed. by Willie van der Merwe & Tony Pacyna
20 years ago, Norman Malcolm published a book titled “Wittgenstein: From a religious point of view”. Based on a remark by Wittgenstein to Drury: ‘I’m not a religious man but I cannot help seeing every problem from a religious point of view’, Malcolm explores his own perspectives on Wittgenstein’s philosophy of religion.
Without doubt Malcolm’s book is an important achievement in Wittgenstein studies. However, in recent years discussions in the philosophy of religion in which special attention have been given to Wittgenstein’s point of view have only gained in importance. Recent debates suggest at least two different directions in Wittgensteinian investigation: On the one hand, critical approaches questions Wittgenstein’s remarks, and thus shows that there are still some insights in Wittgensteinian thought to be disclosed and discovered. On the other hand, Wittgenstein’s assumptions are further extended and adapted to enrich discussions and investigation beyond their original scope, for example with regard to interreligious dialogue; our understanding of diversity and plurality, epistemological questions about certainty, as well as other practical applications of Wittgenstein’s thought.– In both the theoretical and practical insights and perspectives open up by Wittgenstein’s remarks are explored in newly relevant ways. In the envisaged anthology Wittgenstein’s relevance in interreligious dialogues, in historical and cultural perspectives etc., will be thoroughly taken into consideration. How can Wittgenstein’s remarks be combined with today’s religious plurality? Do they take into account the problem of other minds? Is Wittgenstein a foundationalist ? If so, then how and why? Is Wittgenstein even a religious fundamentalist? What about the epistemic status of religious statements? What is the difference between belief and faith? What is the distinction between belief, meaning, and certainty?
The envisaged anthology aims to bring together contemporary views and developments in today’s interpretation of Wittgenstein based on Wittgenstein’s own remarks, or breaking new ground beyond the ambit of his remarks.