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Jewish Theology for a Postmodern Age$
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Miriam Feldmann Kaye

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764685

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764685.001.0001

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Jewish Theology for a Postmodern Age
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Miriam Feldmann Kaye

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764685.003.0003

This chapter begins with Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, which offers seminal philosophical reflections on language. It looks at the numerous implications of Wittgenstein's observations in semiotics, cognition, sociology, and linguistics that testify to the acuteness of the problem of language for philosophy. It also examines how Wittgenstein delved into the way language functions and how he abandoned the hope of constructing a linguistic system based on representation. The chapter discusses the 'language game', which reflect different forms of life or the activities in which individuals engage on a daily basis. It talks about contemporary philosophers, which demonstrate that language does not describe an objective state of affairs but, rather, reveals a particular perspective and worldview that is rooted in culture.

Keywords:   Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, semiotics, cognition, sociology, linguistics, language game

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