Private Languages

Peter Dula

in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395037
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894451 | DOI:

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

Private Languages

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This chapter explores the fiction of W. G. Sebald in order to illustrate skepticism and the companionship Cavell and Sebald think should be a response to it. Many of Sebald's characters may be understood to be in the grip of the variety of skepticism which Wittgenstein called the private language fantasy. The companionship that Sebald's narrator provides to these characters helps to illuminate the alternative Cavell provides to both MacIntyre and liberalism.

Keywords: Stanley Cavell; Wittgenstein; W. G. Sebald; private language; companionship; skepticism

Chapter.  9397 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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