Pynchon and Wittgenstein: ethics, relativism and philosophical methodology
Eve, Martin Paul (2014) Pynchon and Wittgenstein: ethics, relativism and philosophical methodology. In: Chamerois, G. and Chorier-Fryd, B. (eds.) Profils Américains: Thomas Pynchon. Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, pp. 81-104. ISBN 9782367810225.
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This piece presents a tripartite analysis of the relationship between the philosophical works of Ludwig Wittgenstein and the novels of Thomas Pynchon. This is broadly structured around three schools of Wittgenstein scholarship identified by Guy Kahane et al. as the Orthodox Tractatus, the New Wittgenstein, and several strands of the Orthodox Investigations (Kahane et al. 4-14). Moving from the earliest affiliation that Pynchon stages between Wittgenstein and Weissman, the underlying theme lies in Pynchon's relationship to ethical relativism as it pertains to Nazism. From this it will become clear that neither relativism of experience and representation, nor an unbounded relativism of non-committal ethics, are central to Pynchon's fiction.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities|
|Research Centre:||Contemporary Literature, Centre for|
|Depositing User:||Martin Paul Eve|
|Date Deposited:||08 Oct 2015 12:20|
|Last Modified:||07 Dec 2016 15:36|
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