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ABSTRACT. On my reading, Wittgenstein’s seemingly anti-philosophical remarks do not reject philosophy as inherently confused. Far from arguing that philosophers are at fault for aspiring to understand the nature of things, he is merely trying to explain that, to the extent in which they hope to find simple and sublime essences, philosophers are prevented from ever gaining such understanding. Indeed, this makes Wittgenstein’s writings highly appropriate, not for undermining investigations into subjectivity, but for actually contributing to our understanding of human being.

 

KEYWORDS: Wittgenstein, subjectivity, Cartesianism, belief, identity, difference

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