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By Kai Nielsen (auth.)

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But Hick is surely right in pointing out that in the linguistic environment offirst-order God-talk all of these terms have a usage which does provoke dispute and conceptual confusion. Whether it is correct to say, as Hick does, that their 'original use' was secular is much more disputable, for after all, who knows and how could we even tell, what was their original use? It is not even evident that their use in religious contexts is secondary. 'Triangle' in 'marriage triangle' is secondary to the primary use of 'triangle' in geometry.

God', Geach would argue, is not a name but is really a definite description. God is 'the maker of the world', 'the ruler of the Universe'. Yet this seems to me to be neither decisive nor, for that matter, very important, for after all Ziff does argue that 'God', unlike 'Hans', can only be introduced into the language 'by means of descriptions'. To understand 'God' is to understand these descriptions, to fail to understand the relevant descriptions is to fail to understand 'God'. Perhaps it is best to say, as Father Clarke does, that in the case of the very unique word 'God' the two functions are indissolubly combined.

E. Moore's paragraph on Wittgenstein's remarks about 'God' THE CHALLENGE OF WITTGENSTEIN 45 from his notes on Wittgenstein's lectures from 1930-3. 3 The latter corresponds very closely to Wittgenstein's remarks in his 1938 lectures. His 'A Lecture on Ethics', however, still shows much more of the effect of the Tractatus than do the 1938 lectures or the remarks Moore has recorded. Smythies' notes have the illusiveness yet the penetration and the capacity to challenge which we have come to expect from Wittgenstein.

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