Owen, Wittgenstein, and the Postwar Battle with Language

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The Great War left an indelible mark of horror and brutality on the Western imagination, not least on how we have come to understand the toll wars take on their survivors. This article gauges some of that effect through an examination of the work of two noted veterans: Wilfred Owen and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Through a discussion of Owen’s poetry in tandem with Wittgenstein’s earlier philosophy, I address the toll violence exacts on language; namely, on the attempt not to describe but to show war.

Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)344-360
Number of pages17
JournalPhilosophy and Literature
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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