Abstract: In this talk, I will explore some of the connections between logic and philosophy of language on the one hand, and theology—or religious practice—on the other.
Instead of focussing on the role of logic and semantics as a prolegomena to theology, or as a guide or corrective or standard for it—the standard picture of the relationship between logic and theology—I will draw other connections between the two disciplines.
First, I will draw on some contemporary insights in the philosophy of language in order to shed light on the structure and semantics of prayer.
Second, I will show how there are some significant parallels between the phenomenology or the pragmatics of logical judgements and the kinds of cognitive shifts which are modelled in certain kinds of articulate prayer.
The talk will involve more suggestions than arguments, and the aim is to provide opportunities for new and different interactions between philosophy and theology.
I’m Greg Restall, and this is my personal website. I teach philosophy and logic as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. ¶ From August 2021, I will be the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. ¶ Start at the home page of this site—a compendium of recent additions around here—and go from there to learn more about who I am and what I do. ¶ This is my personal site on the web. Nothing here is in any way endorsed by the University of Melbourne.