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Wittgenstein und Spengler


Ferber, Rafael (1991). Wittgenstein und Spengler. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 73(2):188-207.

Abstract

In his "Vermischte Bemerkungen", 43, Wittgenstein notices that he was also influenced by Oswald Spengler. The paper deals with the question of in which way Spengler influenced Wittgenstein’s late works and if it really was influence or only a coincidence of ideas. It is put forward that Spengler’s rather unknown philosophy of language influenced Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language, especially the concepts of family resemblance, antiessentialism, and language-game (Sprachspiel). A picture of the famous Neapolitan gesture of “negation” which motivated Wittgenstein to give up the picture theory of language is also shown with an example taken from Andrea de Jorio, La mimica degli antichi investigata nel gestire napoletano, Napoli 1832.
A shortened version appeared under the title "Nochmals Sraffas Geste", in: Wittgenstein — Towards a Re-Evaluation, Proceedings of the 14th International Wittgenstein-Symposium, Centenary Celebration, 13th to 20th August 1989 Kirchberg am Wechsel (Austria), Ed. R. Haller / J. Brandl, Vienna 1990, 112-115.

Abstract

In his "Vermischte Bemerkungen", 43, Wittgenstein notices that he was also influenced by Oswald Spengler. The paper deals with the question of in which way Spengler influenced Wittgenstein’s late works and if it really was influence or only a coincidence of ideas. It is put forward that Spengler’s rather unknown philosophy of language influenced Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language, especially the concepts of family resemblance, antiessentialism, and language-game (Sprachspiel). A picture of the famous Neapolitan gesture of “negation” which motivated Wittgenstein to give up the picture theory of language is also shown with an example taken from Andrea de Jorio, La mimica degli antichi investigata nel gestire napoletano, Napoli 1832.
A shortened version appeared under the title "Nochmals Sraffas Geste", in: Wittgenstein — Towards a Re-Evaluation, Proceedings of the 14th International Wittgenstein-Symposium, Centenary Celebration, 13th to 20th August 1989 Kirchberg am Wechsel (Austria), Ed. R. Haller / J. Brandl, Vienna 1990, 112-115.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:German
Date:1991
Deposited On:26 Aug 2014 17:22
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 18:19
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:1613-0656
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/agph.1991.73.2.188

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