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The Elusiveness of the OrdinaryStudies in the Possibility of Philosophy$
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Stanley Rosen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091977

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091977.001.0001

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Wittgenstein, Strauss, and the Possibility of Philosophy

Wittgenstein, Strauss, and the Possibility of Philosophy

(p.135) Chapter 4 Wittgenstein, Strauss, and the Possibility of Philosophy
The Elusiveness of the Ordinary

Stanley Rosen

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Wittgenstein and Strauss—two thinkers that can be described as two different but related responses to Kant. The most important sense in which they are related is that they share the intention of returning to the pretheoretical domain of ordinary language. The most important difference between them is that Wittgenstein's “return” is neo-Kantian, or post-Kantian, in the sense that it derives from the nineteenth-century process by which transcendental philosophy was transformed into the philosophy of language. Strauss, on the other hand, was decisively influenced by Plato and Aristotle. He once put it to his students that they inoculated him against Heidegger, against the phenomenological version of the consequences of the emergence of the historical ego and of the philosophy of language.

Keywords:   pretheoretical domain, ordinary language, Wittgenstein, Strauss, Kant, neo-Kantian, transcendental philosophy, philosophy of language

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