The Fate of Wonder: Wittengenstein's Critique of Metaphysics and Modernity

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byKevin Cahill

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Kevin Cahill reclaims one of Ludwig Wittgenstein's most passionately pursued endeavors: to reawaken wonder for the mysterious place of human life and language in the world. Following the philosopher's spiritual and cultural criticism and tying it more tightly to the overall evolution of his thought, Cahill frames an original interpretation of Wittgenstein's engagement with Western metaphysics and modernity, better contextualizing the intentions and force of his work.

Throughout the course of his study, Cahill synthesizes several approaches to Wittgenstein's life and thought. He stresses the nontheoretical aspirations of the philosopher's early and later writings, combining key elements from the so-called resolute readings of the Tractatus with the "therapeutic" readings of Philosophical Investigations. He shows how continuity in Wittgenstein's cultural and spiritual concerns informed if not guided the development of his work between the writing of these texts, and in his reading of the Tractatus, Cahill reveals surprising affinities with Martin Heidegger's Being and Time, a text not often associated with Wittgenstein's early formulations. In his recapturing of wonder, Wittgenstein both avoided and undermined traditional philosophy's reliance on theory. As he relays this bold endeavor, Cahill establishes his own innovative analytical methods, joining historicist and contextualist approaches with text-based, immanent readings, launching a sustained examination never attempted before with Wittgenstein's work.

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Kevin Cahill reclaims one of Ludwig Wittgenstein's most passionately pursued endeavors: to reawaken wonder for the mysterious place of human life and language in the world. Following the philosopher's spiritual and cultural criticism and tying it more tightly to the overall evolution of his thought, Cahill frames an original interpreta...

Kevin M. Cahill is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has authored several journal publications on Wittgenstein and is coeditor, with Lene Johannessen, of Considering Class: Essays on the Discourse of the American Dream. His next work is entitled Skepticism and the Human Condition.
Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231528116

ISBN - 13:9780231528115

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I
1. Interpreting the Tractatus
2. The Ethical Purpose of the Tractatus
3. A Resolute Failure
Conclusion to Part I
Part II
4. The Concept of Progress in Wittgenstein's Thought
5. The Truly Apocalyptic View
6. The Fate of Metaphysics
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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...a book of multiple ambitions, skillfully juggled and substantially realized.