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Conclusion: The Personal is the Theoretical

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/9780748639144.003.0009
Conclusion: The Personal is the Theoretical

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This chapter looks at the author's personal reflections on Wittgenstein's work. In Wittgenstein, he finds a de-divinized description of theorizing that befits the challenges of living and seeing in political society today. These challenges begin with the question of where to look when seeking or seeing politics or political phenomena. In the epic tradition, politics was conceived spatially as a place — the city, the polis, and the government — that locale where the theorist cannot go without being subjected to punishment by those in power. The politics of today is a politics of resistance and dissent. The drama arises sporadically in the form of protest and imaginatively in the playfulness of street theatre. Perceiving these acts requires the intimacy that the epic tradition eschewed. To theorize today is to pursue what this book has offered as Wittgenstein's path to politics.

Keywords: Wittgenstein; political society; epic tradition; theorizing politics; dissent; polis

Chapter.  1312 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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