Disagreement and Picture in Wittgenstein’s ‘Lectures on Religious Belief ’

Martin Kusch


This paper suggests that the central theme of the ‘Lectures on Religious Belief’ is the possibility of a certain form of faultless disagreement. The disagreement is between two sides: (1) advocates of different religious views (such as that there will be a Last Judgement), and (2) Wittgenstein himself. I shall explain Wittgenstein’s various attempts to clarify the nature of this disagreement; and why he holds the disagreement to be faultless. I will give special attention to the role of pictures in Wittgenstein’s reflections.


20th century philosophy; philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; Williams Bernard; philosophy of disagreement; philosophy of religion; picture; relativism

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