Realism, Modernism and the Realistic Spirit: Diamond's Inheritance of Wittgenstein, Early and Late

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Stephen Mulhall


This paper argues that Cora Diamond's interpretation of Wittgenstein's early and later work, and her specific attempts to apply it in religious and ethical contexts, show a willingness to sacrifice elements of Wittgenstein's signature concepts to the demands of what she calls his 'realistic spirit'. The paper also argues that this willingness relates her project to a certain understanding of modernism in the arts.
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Stephen Mulhall, New College, Oxford

Stephen Mulhall is Professor of Philosophy and a Fellow of New College, Oxford. He previously held positions at All Souls College, Oxford and the University of Essex. His main research interests include Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Sartre and Nietzsche; ethics and the philosophy of religion; and the relation between philosophy and the arts (especially film and literature). Recent publications include Wittgenstein’s Private Language: Grammar, Nonsense, and Imagination in Philosophical Investigations §§ 243-315 (2006), The Conversation of Humanity (2007) and The Wounded Animal: J.M. Coetzee and the Difficulty of Reality (2009).


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