London Branch Seminar
Wittgenstein says in the Preface to Philosophical Investigations that ‘I should not like my writing to spare other people the trouble of thinking. But if possible, to stimulate someone to thoughts of their own.’ In my paper I discuss the connection between this explanation of Wittgenstein’s aim in the book, his rejection of philosophical theses and theories and his remark that in his book ‘a method is demonstrated by examples’ (PI §133).
Oskari Kuusela is a Senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of The Struggle against Dogmatism (Harvard UP 2008), Key Terms in Ethics (Continuum 2010), and Logic as the Method of Philosophy: Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Logic in Relation to Russell, Frege, Carnap and Others (forthcoming). He is the co-editor of Wittgenstein and His Interpreters (Blackwell-Wiley 2007, paperback 2013), The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein (Oxford UP 2011, paperback 2014),Wittgenstein and Phenomenology (Routledge, forthcoming), and Ethics in the Wake of Wittgenstein (Routledge, forthcoming).
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