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A Confusion of the SpheresKierkegaard and Wittgenstein on Philosophy and Religion$
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Genia Schönbaumsfeld

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229826

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229826.001.0001

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Kierkegaard's Influence on Wittgenstein's Thought

Kierkegaard's Influence on Wittgenstein's Thought

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(p.10) 1 Kierkegaard's Influence on Wittgenstein's Thought
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A Confusion of the Spheres
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Genia Schönbaumsfeld (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229826.003.0002

This chapter examines the extent of Kierkegaard's influence on Wittgenstein. A survey of all the available evidence (biographical and textual) shows not only that Wittgenstein was an avid and admiring reader of Kierkegaard, but also that the Danish philosopher keeps coming up time and again in almost all of Wittgenstein's reflections about religious belief. Wittgenstein's thoughts themselves reveal such striking affinities with those of Kierkegaard that the thesis that the latter's work had little direct impact on Wittgenstein must be dismissed as untenable.

Keywords:   Christianity, God, faith, Kierkegaard, sin, speculative point of view, Wittgenstein

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