Philosophy and Religious Language

  title={Philosophy and Religious Language},
  author={Paul Ricoeur},
  journal={The Journal of Religion},
  pages={71 - 85}
  • P. Ricoeur
  • Published 1 January 1974
  • Philosophy
  • The Journal of Religion
The first assumption is that, for a philosophical inquiry, a religious faith may be identified through its language, or, to speak more accurately, as a kind of discourse. This first contention does not say that language, that linguistic expression, is the only dimension of the religious phenomenon; nothing is said-either pro or con-concerning the controversial notion of religious experience, whether we understand experience in a cognitive, a practical, or an emotional sense. What is said is… 
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