Nothing to be Said: On the Inexpressible in Modern Literature and Philosophy

Weller, Shane (2003) Nothing to be Said: On the Inexpressible in Modern Literature and Philosophy. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 8 (1). pp. 91-108. ISSN 0969-725X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

One of the most significant ways in which much late-nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and philosophy may be distinguished from their predecessors is in their reliance upon the notion of ‘inexpressibility’ and the limits of the sayable. In this article, I seek not only to chart the history of this tradition, but also to reflect critically upon the use it makes of the concept of ‘the nothing’. For all their differences, in both Wittgenstein and Heidegger one encounters deployments of this concept in ways that determine these thinkers’ conceptions of language and literature. My aim here is to initiate a new critical reflection upon the fate of the concept of ‘the nothing’ in modern philosophy and literary theory.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Diane Peretti
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:52
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:02
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1344 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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