To What Extent Have Logical Positivists Proved That God Talk Is Meaningless?
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To what extent have logical positivists proved that "God talk" is meaningless?
When Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote "The world is all that is the case. The world is the totality of facts and not of things" he was not only beginning a book but also a movement in philosophy called Logical Positivism. Wittgenstein was not the founder of this new movement but rather it came from a group of thinkers in Vienna in the 1920's (called the Vienna Circle) who took his ideas to create, what they called, the Verification Principle. In the theological domain their greatest challenge to religion came in the form of a refutation of metaphysics, thus it is a philosophy that places a great deal on that which can be tested and observed by the senses (rather than postulated by reason).
The Verification Principle tried to show that the meaning of a statement lies in its method of verification. For example, the statements, "All cats are cats" and, "2 + 2 = 4" are necessary statements. T...
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