Apocalypse Now: Wittgenstein's Early Remarks on Immortality and the Problem of Life

History of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (2):195-210 (2012)

Hanne Appelqvist
University of Helsinki
In this paper, I develop a Kantian reading of Ludwig Wittgenstein's early notions of immortality and the problem of life. I argue that, in spite of his rejection of the assumption of temporal immortality as a solution to the problem of life, Wittgenstein's understanding of the problem itself reflects the Kantian setting of his early system. Moreover, while there is no room for any postulates of practical reason in Wittgensein's early thought, God and immortality are still notions that figure in his preferred solution to the problem of life.
Keywords Wittgenstein  Tractatus  ethics  religion
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