Onos Godwin Idjakpo(1*), peter.O.O. Ottuh(2),

(1) Delta State University
(2) Delta State University,
(*) Corresponding Author



Wittgenstein’s profound thought had rich implications regarding religious belief and religion. In his early philosophy, silence occupies a central place to articulate what is beyond the boundary of language. Silence overcomes the limits of human language. In Wittgenstein’s later philosophy, religious language and different religious languages are legitimized by the multiple uses of language. An evaluation of his linguistic philosophy and its application in religious belief reveals that despite the limitations of his philosophy, Wittgenstein has enriched the contemporary philosophy of religion. This paper discusses the meaningful talk about religion, religious speech acts and religious rituals with Wittgenstein’s later understanding of the religious domain. Though Wittgenstein was not a religious man, he saw things from a religious point of view. His insight on religious belief can be seen from different perspectives. From a pragmatic perspective, religious language is very much tied up with the form of life. It emerges from the everyday shared practices of the community of believers.


Ludwig Wittgenstein; Religion; Religious Beliefs; Religious Pluralism.

Full Text:



Allam, O. S. (2018). Unmasking “Alekwu” Religious Experience among the Idoma People-Group of Nigeria. GNOSI: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Theory and Praxis, 1(2), 118-130.

Arnswald, U. (2009). In Search of Meaning : Ludwig Wittgenstein on Ethics, Mysticism and Religion. In In Search of Meaning : Ludwig Wittgenstein on Ethics, Mysticism and Religion.

Asuquo, O. O. (2019). Humanism as a Category of Religious Alternative. GNOSI: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Theory and Praxis, 2(1), 30-36.

Díaz, J. A. (2019). Wittgenstein y la religión. In Ensayos de Filosofía II (pp. 61–90).

Dienstag, J. F. (1998). Wittgenstein among the savages: Language, action and political theory. In Polity (Vol. 30, Issue 4, pp. 579–603).

Graham, G. (2014). Wittgenstein and Natural Religion. In Wittgenstein and Natural Religion.

Kidd, I. J. (2012). Oswald Spengler, technology, and human nature. In European Legacy (Vol. 17, Issue 1, pp. 19–31).

Lerner, B. D. (1995). Winch and Instrumental Pluralism. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 25(2), 180–191. ://A1995RA76400002

Morra, L. (2019). Wittgenstein and Piccoli. Wittgenstein-Studien, 11(1), 1–29.

Mulhall, S. (2011). Wittgenstein on Religious Belief. In The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein.

Nagl, L. (2017). „James’s book The Varieties of Religious Experience does me a lot of good.”. Wittgenstein-Studien, 8(1).

Phillips, D. Z. (2017). Just say the word: Magical and logical conceptions in religion. In Religion and Wittgenstein’s Legacy (pp. 139–159).

Rono, J. (2018). Revolutionary Traits in Wittgenstein and St. Paul. Philosophy and Theology, 30(2), 333–359.

Sasa, M. S. (2018). Vico and Man’s Creation of Institutions: A Backward Journey to Human Root. GNOSI: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Theory and Praxis, 1(2), 110-117.

Shabbir, A. (2010). Ludwig Wittgenstein: Ethics and Religion (review). Philosophy East and West, 60(3), 422–424.

Tanney, J. (1994). Wittgenstein’s centenary essays,. History of European Ideas, 18(6), 970–973.

Vinokurov, V. (2018). LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN: LANGUAGE AND STRUCTURES OF LIFE. 5th SGEM International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conferences on SOCIAL SCIENCES and ARTS SGEM2018, Ancience Science, 5.

Wawrzyniak, J. (2003). Ludwig Wittgenstein a Religia - Wprowadzenie [Ludwig Wittgenstein and Religion - Introduction]. Forum Philosophicum, 8, 288–291.

Wittgenstein, L. (1965). I: A Lecture on Ethics. The Philosophical Review, 74(1), 3.

Wittgenstein, L., & Granger, G. (2012). Tractatus logico-philosophicus. Paris: Gallimard.

Article Metrics

Abstract view : 42 times | PDF view : 4 times


  • There are currently no refbacks.