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The Re-Enchantment of the WorldSecular Magic in a Rational Age$
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Joshua Landy and Michael Saler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752992

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752992.001.0001

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Waste Lands and Silly Valleys: Wittgenstein, Mass Culture, and Re-Enchantment

Waste Lands and Silly Valleys: Wittgenstein, Mass Culture, and Re-Enchantment

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(p.56) Chapter 3 Waste Lands and Silly Valleys: Wittgenstein, Mass Culture, and Re-Enchantment
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The Re-Enchantment of the World
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Michael Saler

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804752992.003.0004

This chapter argues that the enchanting possibilities latent in ordinary speech were also brought to the fore by Ludwig Wittgenstein, the arch demystifier, problem dissolver, and enemy of metaphysics. It notes that Wittgenstein's later philosophy provided an antidote to the disenchantment of his early philosophy by highlighting the fecundity of interpretations that can be derived from everyday linguistic usage. Wittgenstein was eager to turn to mass culture as a resource for innovative perspectives, because he was unafraid of appearing “silly,” and was thus free to advance unconventional hypotheses. Wittgenstein noted that mass culture could generate forms of enchantment that were compatible with the secular rationality of his age.

Keywords:   Ludwig Wittgenstein, metaphysics, philosophy, linguistic usage, mass culture

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