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Wittgenstein in Exile
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Wittgenstein in Exile

James C. Klagge


Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922) and Philosophical Investigations (1953) are among the most influential philosophical books of the twentieth century, and also among the most perplexing. Wittgenstein warned again and again that he was not and would not be understood. Moreover, his work seems to have little relevance to the way philosophy is done today. This book proposes a new way of looking at Wittgenstein — as an exile — that helps make sense of this. Wittgenstein’s exile was not, despite his wanderings in Vienna, Cambridge, Norway, and Ireland, strictly geographica ... More

Keywords: exile, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Philosophical Investigations, Oswald Spengler, early nineteenth century, Nachlaß, essentialism, private experience, relativism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015349
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James C. Klagge, author