A Gesture of Understanding: Wittgenstein, Moore, and "Therapy�

Meyer, Thomas A. A Gesture of Understanding: Wittgenstein, Moore, and "Therapy� In: Pre-Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, pp. 236-238.


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Wittgenstein scholarship appears currently to be engaging in a deepening debate over the role of nonsense in Wittgenstein"s later philosophical work. For one party to this engagement, Wittgenstein"s later work pursues the project of exposing nonsense when it emerges during the course of philosophical discussions, and thereby provides a kind of therapeutic assistance to those philosophers who might otherwise have defended positions whose tenets include nonsensical remarks that "do not say anything� (Crary 5). This therapeutic reading argues in The New Wittgenstein and Wittgenstein in America particularly in the hands of James Conant that an austere interpretation of the role of nonsense in the Tractatus can be successfully extended to account for the project of Wittgenstein"s later writings as well. Opposing this therapeutic reading of Wittgenstein, P.M.S. Hacker has argued that Wittgenstein sees nonsense as arising from our attempts to deny grammatical rules by forming "nonsense which violates the grammar� (Baker 279).

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Understanding; "On Certainty"; Moore, G.E.; Wittgenstein, L.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2008 11:41
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1660

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