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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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).
… 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: Wolfgang Heuer
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2020 15:03
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2020 15:03

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