Das erlösende Wort

James Klagge


I survey the uses of this phrase by Wittgenstein and make a conjecture as to what the redeeming word was for him. Then, in light of this, I place Wittgenstein on a culturalintellectual trajectory that includes Plato’s Euthyphro, Job’s God from the whirlwind, Dostoevsky’s Father Zossima, and the Mormons.


20th century philosophy; philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; explanation; Job; Dostoevsky Fiodor; redeeming word; suffering; Brothers Karamazov; temperament; why

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