Phillips and realists on religious beliefs and the fruits thereof

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 64 (3):141 - 153 (2008)
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This article addresses some issues concerning the relation between religious beliefs and the fruits of those beliefs, where ‘fruits’ implies certain relevant forms of behaviour and affective attitudes. My primary aim is to elucidate the dispute between D. Z. Phillips and theological realists, emphasizing the extent to which this dispute is symptomatic of a deeper disagreement over how words acquire their meanings. In the course of doing so, I highlight an important difference between two alternative realist claims, exemplified by Trigg and Hick respectively, and draw attention to an infelicity in Phillips’ way of presenting his case.

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Wittgenstein on meaning and use.James Conant - 1998 - Philosophical Investigations 21 (3):222–250.
Reason and Commitment.Roger Trigg - 1973 - Cambridge University Press.

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