The claim of a language game theorist is that the meaning of a phrase is found in its use or context this was first proposed by ludwig wittgenstein in the early 20th century, whose thought grew out of the ideas of the vienna circle. The problem of religious language considers whether it is possible to talk about god meaningfully if the traditional conceptions of god as being incorporeal, infinite, and timeless, are accepted because these traditional conceptions of god make it difficult to describe god, religious language has the potential to be meaningless. The theory of 'language games' suggests that words gather their meanings from the context in which they are used, possibly allowing religious statements to be meaningful an example of how meaning is linked to the language game we play is the word 'castling' (a move in chess. The meaning of any word is a matter of what we do with our language, not something hidden inside anyone's mind or brain this is not an attack on neuroscience it is merely distinguishing philosophy (which is properly concerned with linguistic or conceptual analysis) from science (which is concerned with discovering facts.
To him religious language is therefore non-cognitive meaning that religious language although ineffable in the outside word unlocks an ultimate reality within the believer's mind. Religious statements as symbolic (tillich) an important element in the thought of paul tillich is his doctrine of the symbolic nature of religious language 5 tillich distinguishes between a sign and a symbol. Basic characteristics of religion elements of religion soteriological (having to do with salvation): post-archaic reli- gions are schemes of salvation, concerned with the source.
Evaluate the claim that religious language is non-cognitive and therefore meaningless 981 words dec 17th, 2012 4 pages in the debate about religious language, it is important that broadly speaking, there are two types of language, cognitive and non-cognitive. Assessing the view that religious language is meaningless in recent times one of the most compelling and interesting arguments against god and religion has come from linguistic philosophy. Doesn't mean religious language is meaningless ('theology and verification') he develops the idea of 'eschatological verification', whereby experiences of god in the. Widely misunderstood - logical positivists, used this statement and argued that wittgenstein was suggesting that religious language is meaningless, whereas it is highly unlikely he meant for this to be the case. Definition of religion written for english language learners from the merriam-webster learner's dictionary with audio pronunciations, usage examples, and count/noncount noun labels.
The claim that religious language is meaningless is a claim that has been made by many different people there have also been those who have have gone against this claim aj ayer, and antony flew are both people who believe that religious language is meaningless. Most importantly you need to define what religious language is and give examples you also need to explain in what ways language can be meaningless (eg language may have no empirical basis) in your definition of meaningless language you should also include examples of language which is meaningful (perhaps examples of scientific processes. Observed that religious people understand the language of religion as cricketers understand the leg before wicket rule to speak in any language is to play a certain game words only make sense in a background of other words that all belong to the same game, and thus have no 'real' meaning.
The verification principle, as proposed by a j ayer, states that something cannot be held to be true until it can be scientifically verifiedif something cannot be experienced through the senses, it cannot be verified - so ayer would argue that god cannot be verified analytically or synthetically - so surely religious language is meaningless. Language is a subtle and complex instrument used to communicate an incredible number of different things, but for our purposes here we can reduce the universe of communication to four basic categories: information, direction, emotion, and ceremony. The 'double vision' of the title is a phrase borrowed from william blake indicating that mere simple sense perception is not enough for reliable interpretation of the meaning of the world in frye's words: 'the conscious subject is not really perceiving until it recognizes itself as part of what it perceives.
Religious language utterances made in religious contexts are of many sorts in the performance of public and private worship men engage in acts of praise, petition, thanks, confession, and exhortation. Critically assess the claim that religious language is meaningless religious language has been argued about by many philosophers to whether or not the ways in which we speak about religion are relevant or meaningful. Religious language god is: perfect, immutable and transcendent tell us nothing about the world around us and are talking of ideas beyond human sense observation = meaningless religious experiences are similarly meaningless as not verifiable as one is recounting a set of emotions that can be explained through psychological means.