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Religions and Languages

A Colloquium


Bruce S. Alton

When philosophers of religion address the special problems of religious language they often restrict their scope to semantics, the English language, and the Christian tradition. The essays and discussions in this volume extend those frontiers to include syntactical and performative issues, a global perspective on cultural and religious diversity, and Continental as well as Anglo-American methodologies. The result is a ground-breaking new look at the logic and functions of «speaking religiously». Colloquium participants include Bruce S. Alton, John Burbidge, Leslie Dewart, Donald D. Evans, Bimal Matilal, John Robertson, and Kenneth Schmitz.
Contents: Experience and language - Usage and discourse - Speech and consciousness - Motivated irrationality - The hermeneutics of dialogue - Logic and language - Philosophers on mysticism.