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The Phenomenology of Language and the Metaphysicalizing of the Real

Robert D. Stolorow, George E. Atwood


This essay joins Wilhelm Dilthey’s conception of the metaphysical impulse as a flight from the tragedy of human finitude with Ludwig Wittgenstein’s understanding of how language bewitches intelligence. We contend that there are features of the phenomenology of language that play a constitutive and pervasive role in the formation of metaphysical illusion.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7565/landp.v6i1.1564


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