Ludwig Klages and his philosophy of language

Bishop, P. (2020) Ludwig Klages and his philosophy of language. Journal of European Studies, 50(1), pp. 17-29. (doi: 10.1177/0047244119892870)

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This article outlines the philosophy of language of the vitalist philosopher Ludwig Klages, as it can be found in his late work Language as the Source of Psychology ( Die Sprache als Quell der Seelenkunde). First published in 1948, this treatise is full of examples of how everyday usage of words should give us pause for thought – underlining the link between philosophy and life that is inherent to the project of vitalism or Lebensphilosophie. In line with the remit for submissions to this issue of the Journal of European Studies intended to mark 50 years since its inception, the article reflects the interest of its contributor (translation studies and the history of ideas), forms part of a larger project to retrieve the thought of a largely forgotten thinker, and showcases a work that occupies a key position in the history of twentieth-century thought and has been seminal to the contributor’s own development. For ultimately Klages’s philosophy of language illustrates the truth of Goethe’s maxim, ‘the point of life is life itself’.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bishop, Professor Paul
Authors: Bishop, P.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > German
Journal Name:Journal of European Studies
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1740-2379
Published Online:26 February 2020

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