Living in Fiction

Verbin, Nehama (2003) Living in Fiction. In: Pre-Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, pp. 357-359.

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Abstract

Wittgenstein makes two rather brief comments on persuasion in On Certainty: I can imagine a man who had grown up in quite special circumstances and been taught that the earth came into being 50 years ago, and therefore believed this. We might instruct him: the earth has long… etc. – We should be trying to give him our picture of the world. This would happen through a kind of persuasion. (Wittgenstein 1972, §262). And … At the end of reasons comes persuasion. (Think what happens when missionaries convert Indians). (Wittgenstein 1972, §612). In these comments, Wittgenstein seems to think of persuasion as having to do with a change in one"s picture of the world that is not brought about by the giving of reasons and arguments. Fiction comes to mind as a possible vehicle of such a change. I would like to explore some of the features of our encounter with fiction, and the ma

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fiction; Transformation, Conversion; 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: 06 Jun 2008 07:55
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1756

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