Spengler and Wittgenstein's Physiognomical Turn

Allan Janik

Abstract



Oswald Spengler exerted an enormous influence on Wittgenstein's mature Philosophy. Both the pessimistic relections on the state of our culture and most of the key concepts in the Philosophical Investigations are anticipated in his Decline of the West.

Keywords


philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; 20th century philosophy; Menschenkenntnis; pneumatic conception of thought; man-animal communication; descriptive vs expressive language; comparative morphology; Goethe Johann Wolfgang von

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