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Description - Wittgenstein's Form of Life by David Kishik

Wittgenstein's "Form of life" reveals the intricate relationship between language and life throughout Ludwig Wittgenstein's work. Drawing on the entire corpus of his writings, David Kishik offers a synoptic view of Wittgenstein's evolving thought by considering the notion of form of life as its vanishing center. The book takes its cue from the idea that 'to imagine a language means to imagine a form of life', in order to present the first holistic account of Wittgenstein's philosophy in the spirit of a new wave of interpretations, pioneered by Stanley Cavell, Cora Diamond and James Conant. It is also an enticing contribution to the rising discourse revolving around the subject of life, led by the recent work of Giorgio Agamben. Standing on the threshold between the Analytic and the Continental philosophical traditions, Kishik shows how Wittgenstein's philosophy of language points toward a new philosophy of life, thereby making a unique contribution to our ethical and political thought.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781847062239
ISBN-10: 1847062237
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Kishik

David Kishik is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Manhattan College, USA.

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