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Nordic Wittgenstein Studies

Wittgenstein’s Investigations

Awakening the Imagination

Authors: Savickey, Beth

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  • Takes a new aesthetic approach to Wittgenstein’s later philosophy
  • Presents grammatical investigation as philosophical improvisation
  • Shows the creativity, humour, and imagination in Wittgenstein’s writings
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This book is a study of Wittgenstein’s descriptive, improvisational, and performative art of philosophical investigation. In addition to clarifying the nature of Wittgenstein’s grammatical investigations, this study highlights several neglected aspects of his work: its humour and playfulness, its collaborative nature, and its emphasis on the imagination. These aspects often become distorted under the pressure of theory and argumentation, resulting in interpretations that equate grammatical investigation with confession, therapy, or a common sense view of the world. After presenting Wittgenstein’s art of investigation in part one, this study challenges these dominant and influential interpretations in part two.

The volume examines Wittgenstein’s mottos, forewords, and dedications. It looks at the art of his philosophical and grammatical investigations, linking it to drama and improvisation. The book discusses the complexity and subtlety of Wittgenstein’s response to Augustine in the opening of the Investigations, and Wittgenstein’s response to Moore’s defence of common sense in On Certainty. The book also examines three kinds of therapeutic readings: those that compare Wittgenstein’s philosophy to psychoanalysis, those that compare his philosophy to therapy generally, and those that describe philosophy itself as an illness or as the cause of illness.

About the authors

Beth Savickey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. She is the author of Wittgenstein's Art of Investigation.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 71,39 €
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Hardcover 88,39 €
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Softcover 88,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-83265-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wittgenstein’s Investigations
Book Subtitle
Awakening the Imagination
Authors
Series Title
Nordic Wittgenstein Studies
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-45310-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-45310-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-45308-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83265-4
Series ISSN
2520-1514
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 154
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