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Kierkegaard and the Tractatus

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It is the object of this paper to investigate the parallels discernible between Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and Kierkegaard’s pseudonymous writings. While such attempts have, in the past, generally focussed on either trying to show that Kierkegaard’s notion of paradox is similar to Wittgenstein’s concept of the ineffable or that both thinkers seek to undermine the idea that there are things that cannot be put into words, I argue here that we must look for the affinities between the two philosophers in an altogether different place, namely, in Kierkegaard’s and Wittgenstein’s concerted endorsement of an anti-consequentialist, quasi-religious conception of ethics.

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Schönbaumsfeld, Genia (2013) Kierkegaard and the Tractatus In, Sullivan, Peter and Potter, Michael (eds.) Wittgenstein's Tractatus, History and Interpretation. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press pp. 59-75.

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Published date: 28 February 2013
Organisations: Faculty of Humanities, Philosophy

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Local EPrints ID: 80105
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/80105
ISBN: 9780199665785
PURE UUID: 79b4fcbb-cd17-4768-a6d4-3f67123bdf72

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Date deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:15

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Editor: Peter Sullivan
Editor: Michael Potter

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