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By Genia Schönbaumsfeld

ISBN-10: 0199229821

ISBN-13: 9780199229826

Cursory allusions to the relation among Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein are universal within the philosophical literature, yet there was little within the means of great and entire statement at the dating in their rules. Genia Schönbaumsfeld closes this hole and gives new readings of Kierkegaard's and Wittgenstein's conceptions of philosophy and spiritual belief.

Chapter one files Kierkegaard's effect on Wittgenstein, whereas chapters and 3 offer trenchant criticisms of 2 renowned makes an attempt to check the 2 thinkers, these through D. Z. Phillips and James Conant. In bankruptcy 4, Schönbaumsfeld develops Kierkegaard's and Wittgenstein's concerted criticisms of the "spaceship view" of faith and defends it opposed to the typical fees of "fideism" and "irrationalism".

As good as contributing to modern debate approximately how you can learn Kierkegaard's and Wittgenstein's paintings, A Confusion of the Spheres addresses matters which not just challenge students of Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard, yet someone drawn to the philosophy of faith, or the moral elements of philosophical perform as such.

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This view is also given some plausibility by H. D. P. ’⁵⁶ I I R E F E R E N C E S TO K I E R K E G A A R D I N W I T TG E N S T E I N ’ S W R I T I N G S⁵⁷ Apart from the Tractatus Wittgenstein published nothing—with the exception of a book review and ‘Some Remarks on Logical Form’—during ⁵² Memoir, 106. ⁵³ O. K. , 46. ⁵⁴ Ludwig Wittgenstein, Denkbewegungen, ed. Ilse Somavilla (Frankfurt: Fischer, 1999), 81, translation mine (ibid. all the others taken from this work). ⁵⁵ This is also corroborated by Maurice Drury who says, ‘When some years later Kierkegaard was translated into English, largely by Walter Lowrie, Wittgenstein was displeased with the poor style of this translator.

Kierkegaard’s Influence on Wittgenstein’s Thought 33 in the LC and in the PI, it will start to make some sense. Further down in the LC Wittgenstein says: If you compare it with anything in Science which we call evidence, you can’t credit that anyone could soberly argue: ‘Well, I had this dream . . therefore . . ’ If you suddenly wrote numbers down on the blackboard, and then said: ‘Now, I’m going to add,’ and then said: ‘2 and 21 is 13’ etc. ’ (LC 61–2) In other words, what Wittgenstein is saying is that if you believe that religious beliefs are based on ‘evidence’ in the way that scientific beliefs can be said to be based on evidence, then you are either cheating yourself or you are mad.

For, as Wittgenstein says in another remark, ‘it is my soul with its passions, as it were with its flesh and blood, that has to be saved, not my abstract mind’ (CV 33e). ⁸⁰ Compare, for ⁷⁸ Philosophical Fragments, ed. and trans. Howard and Edna Hong (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985); henceforth PF. ⁷⁹ In Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief, ed. Cyril Barrett, compiled from notes taken by Yorick Smythies, Rush Rhees, and James Taylor (Oxford: Blackwell, 1966); henceforth LC.

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