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Why Wittgenstein is Not Conservative: Conventions and Critique

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639144.003.0005
Why Wittgenstein is Not Conservative: Conventions and Critique

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The resulting dynamic account of political life leads into this chapter's discussion of the radical quality of Wittgenstein's conventionalism (an argument about language's lack of natural or metaphysical groundedness) in opposition to those who read his work as a call to conservatism and a renunciation of philosophy's critical role in relation to the other claims to knowledge audible in society generally or in the other faculties of the university. It also examines whether there is an antipolitical philosophy of language behind bureaucracy that Wittgenstein helps theorists to analyze and respond to critically.

Keywords: Wittgenstein's conventionalism; conservatism; antipolitical philosophy; bureaucracy

Chapter.  12227 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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