Wittgenstein's Contributions to Philosophy

Thompson, James M. (2002) Wittgenstein's Contributions to Philosophy. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 267-269.


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Any discussion of Wittgenstein's philosophical thought would be incomplete without taking notice of the method he employs. Often criticized for his style and organization, many feel that they are indicative of his state of mind; that such a lack of rigid argumentation betrays an inadequacy within the arguments themselves. However, criticism of Wittgenstein along these lines only serves to demonstrate a superficial reading of his texts. Not simply content (or even able) to just present us with the results of his investigations, Wittgenstein coaxes the reader into taking up an investigation of his own by means of an open dialogue. As a dialogue, we are not confronted with a traditional argumentative structure, i.e. the stating of theses and their subsequent defense. Rather, Wittgenstein attempts to draw the reader away from the obvious by means of an indirect method of discourse.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wittgensteinian Method; Language Games; Wittgenstein, L.; Kierkegaard, S.;
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2002
Philosophie > Geschichte der Philosophie > g) 20.Jahrhundert
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1480

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