Incarnation and Detachment: on surprising connections between logic, semantics, and prayer

May 1, 2015

I’m giving a research seminar on May 1 at the Catholic Theological College. The details are listed here in PhilEvents.

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 am the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, and the Director of the Arché Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology I like thinking about – and helping other people think about – logic and philosophy and the many different ways they can inform each other.


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