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Kafka and Wittgenstein
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In Kafka and Wittgenstein, Rebecca Schuman undertakes the first ever book-length scholarly examination of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language alongside Franz Kafka’s prose fiction. In groundbreaking readings, she argues that although many readers of Kafka are searching for what his texts mean, in this search we are sorely mistaken. Instead, the problems and illusions we portend to uncover, the im-portant questions we attempt to answer—Is Josef K. guilty? If so, of what? What does Gregor Samsa’s transformed body mean? Is Land-Surveyor K. a real land surveyor?— themselves presuppose a bigger delusion: that such questions can be asked in the first place. Drawing deeply on the entire range of Wittgenstein’s writings, Schuman can-nily sheds new light on the enigmatic Kafka.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. Introduction: Why Kafka and Wittgenstein?
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. Part One: Logical Modernism: Kafka and the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. Preface to Part One. Logic, Skepticism, and Mysticism
  2. pp. 15-38
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  1. 1. The Trial and the Law of Logic
  2. pp. 39-54
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  1. 2. The Metamorphosis and the Limits of Metaphorical Language
  2. pp. 55-84
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  1. 3. “The Judgment,” Ethics, and the Ineffable
  2. pp. 85-106
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  1. Part Two: Analytic Skepticism: Kafka and the Philosophical Investigations
  2. pp. 107-108
  1. Preface to Part Two. Wittgenstein’s Transition and a More Analytic Kafka
  2. pp. 109-112
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  1. 4. The Castle and the Paradox of Ostensive Definition
  2. pp. 113-136
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  1. 5. Rule-Following and Failed Execution: “In the Penal Colony”
  2. pp. 137-166
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  1. 6. The Private Language Argument and the Undermining of “Josefine the Singer”
  2. pp. 167-192
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  1. Concluding Thoughts: The Problem with (Critical) Progress
  2. pp. 193-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-212
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 213-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-220
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