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The Pursuit of an Authentic Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the Everyday

David Egan


Superficially, Wittgenstein and Heidegger seem worlds apart: they worked in different philosophical traditions, were mostly ignorant of one another’s work, and Wittgenstein’s terse aphorisms in plain language could not be farther stylistically from Heidegger’s difficult prose. Nevertheless, Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations and Heidegger’s Being and Time share a number of striking parallels. In particular, this book argues that both authors manifest a similar concern with authenticity. The argument develops in three stages. Part One explores the emphasis both philosophers place on th ... More

Keywords: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, authenticity, philosophical method, play

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198832638
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198832638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Egan, author
Visiting Assistant Professor, CUNY Hunter College