Robinson Crusoe, Wittgenstein, and the Return to Society

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Abstract

From the island of certainty that is the Tractatus Logico Philosophicus to the everyday ethics of the mainland in the Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy traces a journey similar to the one etched into Robinson Crusoe's deserted beaches. In this essay I map out points contact between Wittgenstein's philosophy and Defoe's novel, thus providing a fresh glimpse at the philosophical underpinnings of the adventures depicted in Robinson Crusoe, as well as to Wittgenstein's philosophical motivations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-292
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophy and Literature
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

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