Ludwig Wittgenstein - A Cultural Point of View (Ashgate by William J. DeAngelis

By William J. DeAngelis

This booklet makes a speciality of the attention-grabbing connection among Wittgenstein and Oswald Spengler and particularly the stated effect of Spengler's Decline of the West. His e-book exhibits in meticulous aspect how Spengler's darkish notion of an ongoing cultural decline resonated deeply for Wittgenstein and motivated his later paintings. In so doing, the paintings takes under consideration discussions of those issues by means of significant commentators similar to Malcolm, Von Wright, Cavell, Winch, and Clack between others. A noteworthy characteristic of this e-book is its try to hyperlink Wittgenstein's cultural matters along with his perspectives on faith and non secular language. DeAngelis bargains a clean and unique interpretation of the latter.

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We shall return to it. IV. The Nature of Spengler’s Influence on Wittgenstein: Possibilities and Caveats I will, in subsequent chapters, move on to a fuller account of my positive conclusions about the Spenglerian components of Wittgenstein’s late philosophy. First, I want to establish some preliminary conclusions. , p. 338. 25 Ibid. Spengler’s Influence on Wittgenstein: A First Approximation 17 i. Wittgenstein’s Rejection of “The Comparative Morphology of Cultures” There is no doubt whatsoever that Wittgenstein did not accept Spengler’s overall theses regarding the comparative morphology of cultures, Spengler’s methods, or Spengler’s ambitious overall plan.

He is too often inaccurate. ”26 This conversation makes clear both Drury’s and Wittgenstein’s strong reservations about Spengler’s main thesis. They liken it abusively to putting history into moulds. The strong suggestion is that Spengler’s procedures distort history by forcing its evident facts to fit his conceptions of cultural development, thus undermining objectivity. This, in turn, seems connected to Wittgenstein’s explicitly expressed mistrust of Spengler on details. His idea seems to be that someone inclined to force historical facts to fit a theory cannot be trusted with details.

2) There are clear and obvious indications that Wittgenstein thought that Spenglerian methodology embodied conceptual confusions. 3) Wittgenstein believed both that these confusions are connected to historical distortion and dogmatism in Spengler and, perhaps most important, that they obscured his real insights. V. : Meaning and Context My attempts, in the chapters that follow, will be, almost exclusively, to locate and identify features of Wittgenstein’s later writings that were influenced by Spengler, which present themselves in ways that are neither directly nor explicitly found in the content of those writings.

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