1st Edition

Wittgenstein and Levinas Ethical and Religious Thought

By Bob Plant Copyright 2005
    308 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    Wittgenstein and Levinas examines the oft-neglected relationship between the philosophies of two of the most important and notoriously difficult thinkers of the twentieth century. By bringing the work of each philosopher to bear upon the other, Plant navigates between the antagonistic intellectual traditions that they helped to share. The central focus on the book is the complex yet illuminating interplay between a number of ethical-religious themes in both Wittgenstein's mature thinking and Levinas's distinctive account of ethical responsibility.

    Introduction: Wittgenstein and Levinas 1. Peaceful Thoughts: Philosophy as Therapy in Pyrrhonism and Wittgenstein 2. Trusting in a World-Picture: Knowledge, Faith and Ethics after On Creativity 3. Pluralism, Justice and Vulnerability: Politicizing Wittgenstein Interlude: On Preferring Peace to War 4. Wretchedness without Recompense: Wittgenstein on Religion, Ethics and Guilt 5. Trespassing: Guilt and Sacrifice in Heidegger, Levinas and Ordinary Life 6. The Unreasonableness of Ethics: Levinas and the Limits of Responsibility 7. Contaminations: Levinas, Wittgenstein and Derrida


    Bob Plant