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Seeing as it Happens: Theorizing Politics through the Eyes of Wittgenstein

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/9780748639144.003.0007
Seeing as it Happens: Theorizing Politics through the Eyes of Wittgenstein

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This chapter examines aspect-blindness further in the context of political theory, and as a contrast to the vocabulary of seeing presented by Wittgenstein that ties him to theorizing. These terms are not merely significant to theorizing. Expressing them is itself a performance of theorizing as seeing. What Wittgenstein demands of political theory is a reconsideration of the pictures of the theorist and the relation of the theorist to politics that guide practitioners, shape their attitudes toward the world and give them a sense of identity. The process of rethinking these relations is also an opportunity to analyze the discipline as a social practice composed of people with varying senses of what theorizing entails and what being a political theorist means.

Keywords: Wittgenstein; theorizing as seeing; aspect-blindness; political theory; social practice

Chapter.  9329 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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