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The Fate of WonderWittgenstein's Critique of Metaphysics and Modernity$
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Kevin Cahill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158008

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158008.001.0001

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The Fate of Wonder

Kevin M. Cahill

Columbia University Press

This book explores one of the central tasks of Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy: to reawaken a sense of wonder for what he felt was the deeply mysterious place of human life in the world. It also considers Wittgenstein's thought and work in relation to Western metaphysics and modernity, along with his attempt to effect a particular kind of change in his readers' relationship to language. Finally, the book examines the conceptual interplay between Wittgenstein's philosophy and his views on cultural matters by focusing on his two important works, Tractatus and Philosophical Investigations. It argues that one can read the Tractatus as containing a critique of metaphysics-cum-critique of culture in one sense and Philosophical Investigations as containing such a critique in a sense both quite different yet recognizably continuous with the first.

Keywords:   culture, Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosophy, human life, wonder, metaphysics, modernity, language, Tractatus, Philosophical Investigations

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