Religious Studies



Response to Phillips


BRIAN R. CLACK a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, St Clare's, Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7AL

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Abstract

In this response to D. Z. Phillips's critique of my interpretation of Wittgenstein's view of magic and ritual, I counter Phillips's claim that I have misrepresented the Wittgensteinian view of ritual, consider the instrumentalist dimension of the Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough, offer some objections to Phillips's expressivist view that a ritual ‘says itself’, and detect obscurantism in his approach to the study of religion.