Wittgenstein on Simile as the 'Best Thing' in Philosophy.

Erden, Yasemin J. (2012) Wittgenstein on Simile as the 'Best Thing' in Philosophy. Philosophical Investigations, 35 (2). 127 - 137. ISSN 1467-9205

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Abstract

In a remark written sometime between 1933 and 1943, Wittgenstein suggests that philosophy ought really to be written as one 'writes a poem.' Around this time he also talks of simile as the 'best thing' in philosophy. In this paper I consider what it would mean to take such claims seriously. Through examining newly discovered material from the (unpublished) Skinner manuscripts (MSS), I offer an analysis of Wittgenstein's approach to literary techniques (broadly conceived) and see how this impacts on his conception of philosophy. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Philosophy -- Logic -- Thought & thinking -- Humanities -- Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 1889-1951
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 101 Theory of philosophy
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2013 15:43
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 12:35
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/362

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