Subjectivity After Wittgenstein: The Post-Cartesian Subject and the Death of Man

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Moving beyond Wittgenstein's much heralded responsibility for the death of man debate begun in the course of the previous century, Subjectivity after Wittgenstein constructs a positive Wittgensteinian account of subjectivity and human nature. Drawing on his later writings, the book ranges across Wittgenstein's writings on philosophy of psychology and religion to articulate his notion of the post-Cartesian subject. In addition, the book answers the oft-repeated arguments that the anti-Cartesian turn in continental thought on the subject has lead to a loss of a centre for both ethics and politics. By further exploring the implications of the Wittgensteinian account, Subjectivity after Wittgenstein makes clear that a non-Cartesian view on human being is not necessarily ethically and politically inert. It moreover argues that ethical and political arguments should not automatically take precedence in a debate about the nature of man.