Wittgenstein's Methods

James Conant

in The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199287505
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Wittgenstein's Methods

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This article explores the relation between the philosophies of the early and the later Ludwig Wittgenstein as they are standardly distinguished, with the aim of raising some questions about whether that standard distinction might not obstruct our view of certain significant aspects of the development of Wittgenstein's thought. Drawing on the work of Marie McGinn and Warren Goldfarb, it also distinguishes two senses in which these two commentators have been moved to call upon the expression ‘piecemeal’ in their respective attempts to characterise an important feature of Wittgenstein's conception of philosophical method. In August 1936, Wittgenstein withdrew to a tiny hut in Skjolden, Norway, in order to be able to continue his work on the Philosophical Investigations in complete solitude. His conception of method in philosophy underwent more than one Kehre, more than one revolution. It therefore precludes the possibility that his conception of philosophy itself could have undergone significant further metamorphosis while he was in Norway in 1937.

Keywords: Ludwig Wittgenstein; philosophy; Marie McGinn; Warren Goldfarb; piecemeal; philosophical method; Norway; Kehre; Philosophical Investigations

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Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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