At the Mercy of Method
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On entering the rooms of one of his pupils at Cambridge, Wittgenstein saw a crucifix and other religious emblems there. He said to him, ‘Beware of becoming too familiar with holy things’. Facing the responsibilities of the Danforth Chair, I feel I need that warning. At one level, the reason why is obvious. At Swansea, I have taught a variety of courses. Philosophy of religion is an honours option taught in alternate years. But now, at Claremont, in a Department of Religion, I am to teach four courses in the philosophy of religion: ‘Beware of becoming too familiar with holy things’.
KeywordsReligious Belief Philosophical Method Moral Utterance Metaphysical Belief Ordinary Language Philosophy
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