Theorizing as a Lived Experience: A Wittgensteinian Investigation

Christopher C Robinson

in Wittgenstein and Political Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639144
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652839 | DOI:
Theorizing as a Lived Experience: A Wittgensteinian Investigation

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This chapter focuses on immanent theorizing as a form of therapy that breaks the hold of epic political theory. The opening remarks of the Philosophical Investigations are read best as an invitation to follow the philosopher through the language-games that he himself is discovering now that he has broken with his older conception of language as composed of a single, logical act of picturing by attaching word to object. Travel, then, is conceived as liberation from a mistake of considering a neighborhood of the city of language the entirety of language. The picture that held theorists captive, this chapter argues, is one where they stand above the city enjoying the panoramic view offered by the fixed perspective of the mountaintop, a height conceived in the lexicon of both metaphysical and epistemological privilege.

Keywords: immanent theorizing; epic political theory; Philosophical Investigations; language-games; metaphysics

Chapter.  9607 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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