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Belief and religious ‘belief’

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 May 2019

ARIF AHMED*
Affiliation:
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, CambridgeCB3 9DA, UK
*

Abstract

Is the analysis of religion best conducted in terms of the beliefs of its practitioners? I describe a Wittgenstein-inspired approach to belief on which it is dubious that religious practices satisfy the criteria for the attribution of belief. I defend this more moderate and plausible version of Needham's thesis against two natural reasons to think religious belief widespread.

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