The Fate of Wonder: Wittgenstein's Critique of Metaphysics and Modernity by Kevin M. Cahill, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
The Fate of Wonder: Wittengenstein's Critique of Metaphysics and Modernity

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

by Kevin 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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Choice

...a worthy contribution to this discussion.

Austrain Sstudies NewsMagazine - Naomi Scheman

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

Stephen Mulhall

Kevin M. Cahill knows the relevant literature well and deploys it with care and sophistication, developing an interpretation that confirms and enhances the intrinsic intellectual interest of resolute and therapeutic readings of Wittgenstein.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231528115
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Columbia University Press

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