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Religions 2018, 9(6), 170;

Religious Knowledge, Ineffability and Gender

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
Stanford University Center in Oxford, Stanford House, 65 High St, Oxford OX1 4EL, UK
Received: 19 March 2018 / Revised: 29 April 2018 / Accepted: 9 May 2018 / Published: 24 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feminisms and the Study of “Religions”)
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The issue of ineffability constitutes a significant challenge in the philosophy of religion. In this paper, I first argue that it is difficult to see how the traditional approach, which I call ‘the metaphysical approach’, can address this challenge. I consider then a post-metaphysical approach inspired by Wittgenstein which does look more promising in dealing with the ineffable. Finally, I argue that there are, however, new challenges that have to be taken into account; in particular, I focus here on the problem raised by contemporary feminist philosophers of the gendering of religious knowledge. View Full-Text
Keywords: ineffable understanding; epistemic situatedness; gendering of religious knowledge ineffable understanding; epistemic situatedness; gendering of religious knowledge
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