Understanding Wittgenstein, Understanding Modernism

Anat Matar (Editor)

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In the last half-century Ludwig Wittgenstein's relevance beyond analytic philosophy, to continental philosophy, to cultural studies, and to the arts has been widely acknowledged. Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was published in 1922 - the annus mirabilis of modernism - alongside Joyce's Ulysses, Eliot's The Waste Land, Mansfield's The Garden Party and Woolf's Jacob's Room. Bertolt Brecht's first play to be produced, Drums in the Night, was first staged in 1922, as was Jean Cocteau's Antigone, with settings by Pablo Picasso and music by Arthur Honegger. In different ways, all these modernist landmarks dealt with the crisis of representation and the demise of eternal metaphysical and ethical truths. Wittgenstein's Tractatus can be read as defining, expressing and reacting to this crisis. In his later philosophy, Wittgenstein adopted a novel philosophical attitude, sensitive to the ordinary uses of language as well as to the unnoticed dogmas they may betray
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherBloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc
Number of pages270
ISBN (Print)1501302434, 9781501302435
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameUnderstanding philosophy, understanding modernism
PublisherBloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc


  • Wittgenstein
  • Ludwig
  • 1889-1951
  • 1889-1951 -- Influence
  • ויטגנשטיין
  • לודוויג
  • 1889-1951 -- השפעה
  • Витгенштейн
  • Людвиг
  • Modernism (Literature) -- History and criticism
  • מודרניזם (ספרות) -- היסטוריה וביקורת
  • الحداثة (في الأدب) -- تاريخ ونقد

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Wittgenstein, Ludwig -- 1889-1951 -- Influence
  • Modernism (Literature) -- History and criticism


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