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Wittgenstein's Language Games

4. Language Games and Analogy

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In this module, we examine how analogy relates to language games, focusing in particular on (i) the purpose and limitations of analogy (ii) Wittgenstein’s scepticism about metaphysics (iii) traps in language (iv) how ‘family resemblances’ discern the ways in which language games are in one sense unified, and, in another, separate from one another (v) ideas of God as personal and immanent, and, at the same time, otherly and transcendent in different religious traditions (vi) the role of analogy in Wittgenstein’s philosophical method.


In this course Dr Rupert Read (University of East Anglia) explores Wittgenstein’s language games, with special reference to religious language and belief. In the first module, we introduce language games in the context of Wittgenstein’s philosophical method. In the second module, we examine the ways in which language games cast light on the nature of religious utterances. In the third module, we look at the nature of religious belief and practices. In the fourth module, we review some objections to language games and possible responses to these objections, before turning to the role of analogy in the fifth module. In the sixth module, we evaluate whether the position of ‘Wittgensteinian fideism’ holds true to Wittgenstein’s philosophical worldview, including his attitude to language games and religious belief.


Dr Rupert Read is an associate professor of philosophy at UEA. His research interests are in the philosophy of language, Wittgenstein, Kuhn, philosophy of Literature and film, philosophy of psychology, and eco-philosophy. He is an expert on Ludwig Wittgenstein, and has published numerous books on the application of his thought to a range of topics. His recent publications include Wittgenstein's Liberatory Philosophy and Beyond the Tractatus Wars: A New Wittgensteinian Debate

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