Leading a Human Life: Wittgenstein, Intentionality, and Romanticism

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In this provocative new study, Richard Eldridge presents a highly original and compelling account of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, one of the most enduring yet enigmatic works of the twentieth century. He does so by reading the text as a dramatization of what is perhaps life's central motivating struggle—the inescapable human need to pursue an ideal of expressive freedom within the difficult terms set by culture.

Eldridge sees Wittgenstein as a Romantic protagonist, engaged in an ongoing internal dialogue over the nature of intentional consciousness, ranging over ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of mind. The picture of the human mind that emerges through this dialogue unsettles behaviorism, cognitivism, and all other scientifically oriented orthodoxies. Leading a human life becomes a creative act, akin to writing a poem, of continuously seeking to overcome both complacency and skepticism. Eldridge's careful reconstruction of the central motive of Wittgenstein's work will influence all subsequent scholarship on it.
 

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Introduction Philosophical Thinking beyond Dogmatism and Nihilism
Intentionality and Idealism Hegel Kant and Freedom
14
Toward a Critique of Critique Fichte Schiller Schlegel and Poesis
54
Wittgensteins Writerliness and Its Repressions
84
Augustines Misbegotten Conversion Proposal and Rebuke138
119
Simples and Samples Realism versus the Ordinary3965
153
Perspicuous Representations and Anxieties of the Normal66142
172
Following a Rule Conceptual Consciousness and the Wish for Absolute Assurance143242
197
Inner Experience the Exhaustion of Temptation Remembrance Gratitude243308
240
Bibliography
289
Index
295
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