Analytic Philosophy of Religion by James F. Harris (auth.)

By James F. Harris (auth.)

When Gene lengthy, editor of Kluwer's instruction manual of latest Philosophy of faith sequence, first invited me to jot down the amount on Analytic Philosophy of faith, I approved with nice enthusiasm. My in basic terms reason behind that enthusiasm now could be that i used to be more youthful and extra naive on the time. quickly after beginning paintings at the quantity, my enthusiasm used to be dampened via the daunting value of the duty. i started as a sprinter and speedy settled into the speed of a long-distance runner. even though I thought of myself good learn within the topic, I quickly stumbled on that I had loads of examine to do to be convinced that I had thought of the entire significant contributions to a number of the discussions, concerns, and of faith. As I learn an increasing number of difficulties came across inside of analytic philosophy books and articles, i noticed that I had rushed right into a territory already good trodden through the angels. i'm significantly inspired by way of the sophistication and subtlety of philosophical argument that signify the several debates in modern analytic philosophy of faith. This quantity covers an enormous volume of fabric. i've got endeavored to supply the fairest attainable examining of alternative authors, and, in situations the place I comprise my very own severe reviews and boost my very own positions, i've got endeavored to supply the most powerful attainable interpretations of the positions I criticize.

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157ff. , pp. 158-59. 13. 11 12 34 ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY OF REUGION that would thus be part of the meaning of the denial of the negation of the original assertion. Thus, it seems that we could never completely understand "Flew does not exist" and that Flew's suggestion, as a general theory of meaning, has the unhappy consequence that we could never completely understand the meaning of simple, straightforward claims. 15 However, things are not as difficult for Flew as they initially appear to be. Yandell himself recognizes that Flew can respond to this criticism by maintaining that the countless various events, states of affairs, and facts that count against his existence should be disjoined and not conjoined.

The notion of 'logical analysis' turned upon itself and committed slow suicide," he claims. 49 The sources for the threat of self-destruction within analytic philosophy are many, and I cannot examine those in detail here. However, the most influential attacks upon the fundamental distinctions and commitments of analytic philosophy that have arisen from within the analytic tradition itself are worthy of brief mention. Perhaps chief among these attacks has been Willard Van Orman Quine'S rejection of the analytic-synthetic distinction and his own holism and Thomas Kuhn's analysis of the history of science and science method as paradigm-based.

Austin, How to Do Things with Words, edited by J. O. Urmson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1962), pp. 98ff. 24 ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION POSTANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY? In the last two or three decades of the twentieth century, several major figures have raised serious objections against not only the possible success of an analytical approach to philosophical problems based upon the analysis of language and concepts but also against the very possibility and the very coherence of such an approach.

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