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Groundless GroundsA Study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger$
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Lee Braver

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016896

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016896.001.0001

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Groundless Grounds

Lee Braver

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This book focuses on the works of Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the Kehre, or “turning,” they both underwent due to the dissatisfaction they felt with their early work. Amazingly, abandoning their celebrated early work for even more enigmatic writings only inflated their influence, and the exact nature of this abandonment continues to be the subject of vast scholarly contention. The author discovers that juxtaposing and examining the works of philosophers from the two divergent branches of philosophy proves mutually illuminating rather than compounding the darkness. Revealing the sympathy that underlies the very different styles, terms, and perspectives of Heidegger and Wittgenstein, as well as examining certain points where they diverge, enriches our understanding of each—itself no small benefit when it comes to figures this difficult and this important.

Keywords:   branches of philosophy, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Kehre, turning, scholarly contention

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