Wittgenstein's Investigations: Awakening The Imagination by Beth SavickeyWittgenstein's Investigations: Awakening The Imagination by Beth Savickey

Wittgenstein's Investigations: Awakening The Imagination

byBeth Savickey

Hardcover | May 16, 2017

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This book is a study of Wittgenstein's descriptive, improvisational, and performative art of philosophical investigation. In addition to clarifying the nature of Wittgenstein's grammatical investigations, this study highlights several neglected aspects of his work: its humour and playfulness, its collaborative nature, and its emphasis on the imagination. These aspects often become distorted under the pressure of theory and argumentation, resulting in interpretations that equate grammatical investigation with confession, therapy, or a common sense view of the world. After presenting Wittgenstein's art of investigation in part one, this study challenges these dominant and influential interpretations in part two.

The volume examines Wittgenstein's mottos, forewords, and dedications. It looks at the art of his philosophical and grammatical investigations, linking it to drama and improvisation. The book discusses the complexity and subtlety of Wittgenstein's response to Augustine in the opening of theInvestigations, and Wittgenstein's response to Moore's defence of common sense inOn Certainty. The book also examines three kinds of therapeutic readings: those that compare Wittgenstein's philosophy to psychoanalysis, those that compare his philosophy to therapy generally, and those that describe philosophy itself as an illness or as the cause of illness.

Beth Savickey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. She is the author ofWittgenstein's Art of Investigation.
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Title:Wittgenstein's Investigations: Awakening The ImaginationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:154 pagesPublished:May 16, 2017Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319453084

ISBN - 13:9783319453088

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: "I'll teach you differences".- Chapter 2: Conceptual Delights.- Chapter 3: Bursting into Drama.- Chapter 4: Slips of Paper and Performance Art.- Chapter 5: Acts of Confession.- Chapter 6: Therapeutic Acts.- Chapter 7: Ungrounded Ways of Acting.- Conclusion: The Living Language.