How to defend religious realism

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This paper defends a realist theory of religious language and truth, the view that religious claims are truth-apt and that religious truth requires a realist non-minimalist construal. Two varieties of religious antirealism, expressiv-ism and minimalism, are considered in detail and rejected. A realist theory is advanced using the Fregean distinction between thought, force, and tone, which aims to accommodate differences between religious and other fields of discourse. Alongside this discussion, Wittgenstein's remarks on religion are considered and a realist interpretation proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-336
Number of pages22
JournalFaith and Philosophy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006


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