Wittgenstein and Citizenship: Reading Socrates in Tehran

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:
Wittgenstein and Citizenship: Reading Socrates in Tehran

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This chapter examines the citizenship that follows from the effect of travel through language-games on how we come to define ourselves. The forms of entrapment or impediments to motion examined here are philosophical and religious dogmatism. The discussion works through the conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro, and Azar Nafisi's memoir of her life in Tehran during the reign of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Along the way, it fleshes out the notion of citizenship conceived along Wittgensteinian lines by encountering critically and appreciatively the work of Chantal Mouffe and Aletta Norval.

Keywords: citizenship; language-games; Azar Nafisi; religious dogmatism; philosophical dogmatism; Socrates; Chantal Mouffe; Aletta Norval

Chapter.  9000 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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