This essay has two aims: to bring together the antinovelist Sebald with a figure he revered, the antiphilosopher Wittgenstein, via the theme and form of "desublimed" looking——vision that respects surface and avoids "Cartesian rigidity" (Sebald). The essay weaves these two writers into a larger constellation, inaugurated by the first cosmopolitan Diogenes the Cynic, and which includes his admirer William James, a grouping marked by an esteem of poverty and the desire to find an exit from the refinement of philosophy as metaphysics.
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Ross Posnock; "Don't think, but look!": W. G. Sebald, Wittgenstein, and Cosmopolitan Poverty. Representations 1 November 2010; 112 (1): 112–139. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2010.112.1.112
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