Wittgenstein on Happiness

Harmony, Disharmony, and Antitheodicy

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Abstract

This paper investigates Wittgenstein's remarks on happiness and harmony in the context of Wittgensteinian antitheodicy. Philosophers of religion inspired by Wittgenstein's philosophy often criticize theodicies seeking to justify apparently meaningless evil and suffering within God's overall harmonious plan. The paper analyses Wittgenstein's early views on happiness as harmony with the world, examining whether they are incompatible with an antitheodicist approach abandoning the very project of theodicy by acknowledging a certain kind of disharmony. However, antitheodicy may also, at the transcendental meta-level, be considered a "harmonious" way of "seeing the world aright," which raises a reflexive problem for any Wittgenstein-inspired antitheodicy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophical Investigations
Volume42
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)15-39
Number of pages25
ISSN0190-0536
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy

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Wittgenstein on Happiness : Harmony, Disharmony, and Antitheodicy. / Pihlström, Sami Johannes.

In: Philosophical Investigations, Vol. 42, No. 1, 01.2019, p. 15-39.

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