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

Kevin Cahill


This book reclaims one of Ludwig Wittgenstein's most passionately pursued endeavors: to reawaken a sense of wonder around human life and language and its mysterious place in the world. Following the philosopher's spiritual and cultural criticism and tying it more tightly to the overall evolution of his thought, the book frames an original interpretation of Wittgenstein's engagement with Western metaphysics and modernity, better contextualizing the force of his work. It synthesizes several approaches to Wittgenstein's life and thought. It stresses the nontheoretical aspirations of the philosoph ... More

Keywords: modernity, Ludwig Wittgenstein, metaphysics, Tractatus, Philosophical Investigations, Martin Heidegger, wonder, human life, language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231158008
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231158008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Cahill, author
University of Bergen