Mobile Performances : Linguistic Undecidability as Possibility and Problem in the Theology of Religions

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How to judge religions other than one’s own when facing a plurality of religions? The author makes a philosophical inquiry in two interconnected fields, linguistic undecidability and the necessity of making judgements. The central claim is that no stable centre for meaning can be established for linguistic entities. Even in cases where a stable centre of meaning would seem to be required, the author argues that linguistic entities in fact have to be mobile, in order to allow for newness in interpretation and understanding. Without such mobility, language would cease to function as language. A related concern is: Does truth entail justice? The author argues that it is not enough to possess true knowledge when making normative judgements. Ultimately, it is argued, judgements are made by persons, not impersonal principles. In closing, the focus of the inquiry is brought back to the concrete question of religious diversity. While this study mainly offers a fresh philosophical approach to issues of religious diversity, its line of argument relates to a number of topics well beyond its primary scope.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies


  • Interreligious relations, Evaluation of religions, Linguistic Mobility/Stability, Philosophy of Language, Religious diversity, Theology of religion, Derrida, Knitter, Netland, O'Leary, Ricœur
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPeeters Publishers
Number of pages170
ISBN (Print)978-90-429-2479-6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameStudies in Philosophical Theology

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)