Inheritance and Originality: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Kierkegaard

Synopsis

'To anyone who loves Heidegger and Wittgenstein, the name Stephen Mulhall immediately evokes feeling of gratitude... Mulhall in this book brings a narrative eloquence and master precision to his interpretations... a sterling performance.' -Philosophical Investigations'It is in Mulhall's textual analyses of these works that his book especially shines. His readings are exceedingly close and sensitive, and more than repay the not insubstantial demands that they place upon the reader. From the outset, one gets the sense from Mulhall that there are still new and important insights to be reaped by freshly reconsidering works that have already received a huge amount of attention, and throughout the book he delivers on this promise. This makes it a real pleasure to read... There is much to consider in this book. It is rigourously argued, and opens up Wittgenstein, Heidegger and Kierkegaard in new and interesting ways.' -Mind'Mulhall's readings are rich, provocative and sometimes compelling... [Reading the book] is a long and demanding journey... to those who undertake it, Inheritance and Originality offers a complex vision of the dispensation required for a transfiguration of our moral - and religious - consciousness.' -David E Cooper, Times Literary SupplementInheritance and Originality is an innovative study of Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Kierkegaard which argues that they find themselves unable simply to inherit the prevailing conventions definitive of philosophy. By placing these conventions in question, they reconceive the form of philosophical writing, and of philosophy itself, together with prevailing notions of language, scepticism, morality, and the self; and in so doing, they confront certain fundamentally theological preoccupations.