Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines unrecognized points of conceptual and stylistic convergence between the work of Flann O'Brien and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Though operating in quite different generic and discursive modes, both writers critique impulses to metaphysical systems, idealized models of language, and skepticism. O'Brien and Wittgenstein adopt as correctives to these tendencies techniques to train their readers' attention on the zones of overlap in linguistic usage where points of confusion tend to arise. Finally, this comparison with O'Brien casts new light on Wittgenstein's later work as it illuminates satirical and ironizing styles that have often been overlooked.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 22-37
Launched on MUSE
2022-06-25
Open Access
No
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