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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 approach of great and finished observation at the dating in their principles. Genia Schönbaumsfeld closes this hole and gives new readings of Kierkegaard's and Wittgenstein's conceptions of philosophy and spiritual belief.

Chapter one records Kierkegaard's impression on Wittgenstein, whereas chapters and 3 supply trenchant criticisms of 2 favourite makes an attempt to match the 2 thinkers, these via 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 easy methods to learn Kierkegaard's and Wittgenstein's paintings, A Confusion of the Spheres addresses concerns which not just situation students of Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard, yet an individual drawn to the philosophy of faith, or the moral points of philosophical perform as such.

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But although Wittgenstein believes that disobedience will make his life meaningless, he cannot force himself to comply with God’s commands. In spite of this, however, Climacus would probably say that Wittgenstein is nevertheless poised on the brink of faith, for the feeling of complete self-annihilation before God that Wittgenstein mentions is, according to Climacus, one of the most decisive features of religiousness: ‘Religiously, ⁶⁸ Denkbewegungen, 77. 1922. In Licht und Schatten, ed. Ilse Somavilla (Innsbruck: Haymon, 2004), translation mine.

Wittgenstein here identifies doing God’s will with what Johannes de Silentio, in FT, calls the ‘last stage before faith’: ‘infinite resignation’—renouncing all finite (relative) ends. But although Wittgenstein believes that disobedience will make his life meaningless, he cannot force himself to comply with God’s commands. In spite of this, however, Climacus would probably say that Wittgenstein is nevertheless poised on the brink of faith, for the feeling of complete self-annihilation before God that Wittgenstein mentions is, according to Climacus, one of the most decisive features of religiousness: ‘Religiously, ⁶⁸ Denkbewegungen, 77.

M. Anscombe, Rush Rhees and G. H. von Wright (Oxford: Blackwell, 1958), trans. G. E. M. Anscombe; henceforth PI. , 79. ⁶⁰ None of this implies, of course, that Wittgenstein’s philosophy in general doesn’t have important implications for the philosophy of religion. ⁶¹ This is what Wittgenstein, while his student in Cambridge, once said to Russell, when the latter chastised him for not stating any arguments for his point of view. To which Russell replied ‘that he had better acquire a slave to state the arguments’.

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