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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 278-292
Launched on MUSE
2008-11-01
Open Access
No
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