Wittgenstein on Culture and Civilization

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Wittgenstein’s remarks on the nature of culture presuppose a view according to which there is an important difference between culture and civilization. This view aligns his thinking to that of the Romantic tradition in philosophy. It also leads him to perceive ‘the disappearance of a culture’ in our time. In many of his remarks on art and certain artists he expresses this view by attempting to clarify the different ways in which the spirit of man is manifested in modern times (in arts, science, and industry) as opposed to how it is manifested in an age of culture. This article undertakes to describe and explain the remarks which lead him to this view. It then considers whether Wittgenstein was, in fact, correct in his evaluation regarding the disappearance of a culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-397
Number of pages23
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989

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  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


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