Wittgenstein and Levinas

This book explores the hitherto neglected affinities between Ludwig Wittgenstein and Emmannuel Levinas, two of the most important and challenging thinkers of the 20th century

Author: Bob Plant

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415349958

Category: Philosophy

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This book explores the hitherto neglected affinities between Ludwig Wittgenstein and Emmannuel Levinas, two of the most important and challenging thinkers of the 20th century
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The Cambridge Introduction to Emmanuel Levinas

But to serve this function, Levinas's thinking must be both transcendental and empirical. It must be immersed in that life and also reflective about it. I do not believe that Wittgenstein and Levinas carry out their projects in the same ...

Author: Michael L. Morgan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139498074

Category: Religion

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This book provides a clear and helpful overview of the thought of Emmanuel Levinas, one of the most significant and interesting philosophers of the late twentieth century. Michael L. Morgan presents an overall interpretation of Levinas' central principle that human existence is fundamentally ethical and that its ethical character is grounded in our face-to-face relationships. He explores the religious, cultural and political implications of this insight for modern Western culture and how it relates to our conception of selfhood and what it is to be a person, our understanding of the ground of moral values, our experience of time and the meaning of history, and our experience of religious concepts and discourse. Includes an annotated list of recommended readings and a selected bibliography of books by and about Levinas. An excellent introduction to Levinas for readers unfamiliar with his work and even for those without a background in philosophy.
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Wittgenstein and Other Minds

A compelling new approach to the problem that has haunted twentieth century philosophy in both its analytical and continental shapes.

Author: Soren Overgaard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135198152

Category: Philosophy

Page: 216

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A compelling new approach to the problem that has haunted twentieth century philosophy in both its analytical and continental shapes. No other book addresses as thoroughly the parallels between Wittgenstein and leading Continental philosophers such as Levinas, Husserl, and Heidegger.
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Subjectivity After Wittgenstein

'Resemblances of identity: Ludwig Wittgenstein and contemporary feminist legal theory'. Res Publica, 12(2), 137162. ... Wittgenstein and Other Minds: Rethinking Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity with Wittgenstein, Levinas, and Husserl.

Author: Chantal Bax

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441173010

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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Although Wittgenstein is often held co-responsible for the so-called death of man as it was pronounced in the course of the previous century, no detailed description of his alternative to the traditional or Cartesian account of human being has so far been available. By consulting several parts of Wittgenstein's later oeuvre, Subjectivity after Wittgenstein aims to fill this gap. However, it also contributes to the debate about the Cartesian subject and its demise by discussing the criticism that the rethinking of subjectivity received, for it has been argued that the anti-Cartesian turn in continental philosophy has lead to a loss of a centre for both ethics and politics. By further exploring the implications of the Wittgensteinian account of human being, this book makes it clear that a non-Cartesian view on the subject is not necessarily ethically and politically inert. Moreover, it argues that ethical and political arguments should not automatically take precedence in a debate about the nature of man.
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How to Measure a World

For more on this, see Richard Eldridge, “The Normal and the Normative: Wittgenstein's Legacy, Kripke, and Cavell,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 46, no. 4 (1986): 571. 69. Cavell, Claim of Reason, 20. 70. Levinas ...

Author: Martin Shuster

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253054579

Category: Religion

Page: 258

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What does it mean to wonder in awe or terror about the world? How do you philosophically understand Judaism? In How to Measure a World?: A Philosophy of Judaism, Martin Shuster provides answers to these questions and more. Emmanuel Levinas suggested that Judaism is best understood as an anachronism. Shuster attempts to make sense of this claim by alternatively considering questions of the inscrutability of ultimate reality, of the pain and commonness of human suffering, and of the ways in which Judaism is entangled with the world. Drawing on phenomenology and Jewish thought, Shuster offers novel readings of some of the classic figures of Jewish philosophy while inserting other voices into the tradition, from Moses Maimonides to Theodor W. Adorno to Walter Benjamin to Stanley Cavell. How to Measure a World? examines elements of the Jewish philosophical record to get at the full intellectual scope and range of Levinas's proposal. Shuster's view of anachronism thereby provokes an assessment of the world and our place in it. A particular understanding of Jewish philosophy emerges, not only through the traditions it encompasses, but also through an understanding of the relationship between humans and their world. In the end, Levinas's suggestion is examined theoretically as much as practically, revealing what's at stake for Judaism as much as for the world.
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Wittgenstein and the Limits of Language

For just like Wittgenstein, Levinas assumes that the ethical obligates the subject unconditionally, without a promise or hope of a reward. For Levinas, the standard of valuation is the ethical obligation itself (Levinas 2003a, 29– 38).

Author: Hanne Appelqvist

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351202657

Category: Philosophy

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The limit of language is one of the most pervasive notions found in Wittgenstein’s work, both in his early Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and his later writings. Moreover, the idea of a limit of language is intimately related to important scholarly debates on Wittgenstein’s philosophy, such as the debate between the so-called traditional and resolute interpretations, Wittgenstein’s stance on transcendental idealism, and the philosophical import of Wittgenstein’s latest work On Certainty. This collection includes thirteen original essays that provide a comprehensive overview of the various ways in which Wittgenstein appeals to the limit of language at different stages of his philosophical development. The essays connect the idea of a limit of language to the most important themes discussed by Wittgenstein—his conception of logic and grammar, the method of philosophy, the nature of the subject, and the foundations of knowledge—as well as his views on ethics, aesthetics, and religion. The essays also relate Wittgenstein’s thought to his contemporaries, including Carnap, Frege, Heidegger, Levinas, and Moore.
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Wittgenstein and Phenomenology

Wittgenstein's Wende zu Seiner Spätphilosophie 1930–1932: Eine historische und systematische Darstellung. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp. ... Wittgenstein and Other Minds: Rethinking Subjectivity With Wittgenstein, Levinas, and Husserl.

Author: Oskari Kuusela

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317234593

Category: Philosophy

Page: 280

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This volume of new essays explores the relationship between the thought of Wittgenstein and the key figures of phenomenology: Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre. It is the first book to provide an overview of how Wittgenstein’s philosophy in its different phases, including his own so-called phenomenological phase, relates to the variety of phenomenological approaches developed in continental Europe. In so doing, the volume seeks to throw light on both sides of the comparison, and to clarify more broadly the relations between analytic and phenomenological philosophy. However, rather than treating the interpretation of either phenomenological philosophy or Wittgenstein as an already settled issue, several chapters in the volume examine and question received views regarding them, and develop alternatives to such views. Wittgenstein and Phenomenology will be of interest to scholars working in philosophical methodology and metaphilosophy, the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and logic, and ethics.
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Wittgenstein and Heidegger

... and the Logic of Action Praxeological Investigations Roderick T. Long Ineffability and Philosophy André Kukla Metaphor and Continental Philosophy From Kant to Derrida Clive Cazeaux Wittgenstein and Levinas Ethical and Religious ...

Author: David Egan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134108220

Category: Philosophy

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Ludwig Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger are arguably the two most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. Their work not only reshaped the philosophical landscape, but also left its mark on other disciplines, including political science, theology, anthropology, ecology, mathematics, cultural studies, literary theory, and architecture. Both sought to challenge the assumptions governing the traditions they inherited, to question the very terms in which philosophy’s problems had been posed, and to open up new avenues of thought for thinkers of all stripes. And despite considerable differences in style and in the traditions they inherited, the similarities between Wittgenstein and Heidegger are striking. Comparative work of these thinkers has only increased in recent decades, but no collection has yet explored the various ways in which Wittgenstein and Heidegger can be drawn into dialogue. As such, these essays stage genuine dialogues, with aspects of Wittgenstein’s elucidations answering or problematizing aspects of Heidegger’s, and vice versa. The result is a broad-ranging collection of essays that provides a series of openings and provocations that will serve as a reference point for future work that draws on the writings of these two philosophers.
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The Early Wittgenstein on Metaphysics Natural Science Language and Value

... and the Logic of Action Praxeological Investigations Roderick T. Long Ineffability and Philosophy André Kukla Metaphor and Continental Philosophy From Kant to Derrida Clive Cazeaux Wittgenstein and Levinas Ethical and Religious ...

Author: Chon Tejedor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317912118

Category: Philosophy

Page: 186

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This book advances a reading of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus that moves beyond the main interpretative options of the New Wittgenstein debate. It covers Wittgenstein’s approach to language and logic, as well as other areas unduly neglected in the literature, such as his treatment of metaphysics, the natural sciences and value. Tejedor re-contextualises Wittgenstein’s thinking in these areas, plotting its evolution in his diaries, correspondence and pre-Tractatus texts, and developing a fuller picture of its intellectual background. This broadening of the angle of view is central to the interpretative strategy of her book: only by looking at the Tractatus in this richer light can we address the fundamental questions posed by the New Wittgenstein debate – questions concerning the method of the Tractatus, its approach to nonsense and the continuity in Wittgenstein’s philosophy. Wittgenstein’s early work remains insightful, thought-inspiring and relevant to contemporary philosophy of language and science, metaphysics and ethics. Tejedor’s ground-breaking work ultimately conveys a surprisingly positive message concerning the power for ethical transformation that philosophy can have, when it is understood as an activity aimed at increasing conceptual clarification and awareness.
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Self and Other Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion

The essay proposes to read both thinkers against the background of Wittgenstein's model of philosophical meditation and raises the question as to whether Cavell and Levinas do not indirectly shed light on the early modern motif of the ...

Author: Eugene Thomas Long

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402058615

Category: Philosophy

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The essays in this volume focus on some of the topics that are shaping recent continental philosophy of religion. These primary topics include self and other, evil and suffering, religion and society and the relation between philosophy and theology. The articles are by an international group of leading contributors to recent continental philosophy of religion.
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