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Voices to be heard

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Interpretations of Wittgenstein’s work notoriously fuel debate and

    controversy. This holds true not only with respect to its main messages,

    but also to questions concerning its unity and purpose. Tradition has it that

    his intellectual career can best be understood if carved in twain; that we can

    get a purchase on his thinking by focusing on and contrasting his, ‘two

    diametrically opposed philosophical masterpieces, the Tractatus LogicoPhilosophicus (1921) and the Philosophical Investigations (1953)’ (Hacker

    2001, 1). This is allegedly justified by the supposition that these provide us

    with two, distinctive, ‘powerful complete world-pictures’ (Hacker 2001, p.

    viii). Others object; holding that this simple division fails to take account of

    all the major breaks. They claim that, minimally, we ought to recognize at

    least three major moments in the progression of Wittgenstein’s thought,

    taking stock of a final period in which On Certainty dominates. Still others

    reject the idea that the best interpretative results will come from regarding

    the development of his thinking in the stark terms of involving ‘complete’

    changes of mind at all. On the contrary, they argue that, that we will better

    understand his works if we emphasize their methodological continuity.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2005). Voices to be heard. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 13 (1), 149-161.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/776

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 149

End Page


  • 161

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/096087042000317645

Abstract


  • Interpretations of Wittgenstein’s work notoriously fuel debate and

    controversy. This holds true not only with respect to its main messages,

    but also to questions concerning its unity and purpose. Tradition has it that

    his intellectual career can best be understood if carved in twain; that we can

    get a purchase on his thinking by focusing on and contrasting his, ‘two

    diametrically opposed philosophical masterpieces, the Tractatus LogicoPhilosophicus (1921) and the Philosophical Investigations (1953)’ (Hacker

    2001, 1). This is allegedly justified by the supposition that these provide us

    with two, distinctive, ‘powerful complete world-pictures’ (Hacker 2001, p.

    viii). Others object; holding that this simple division fails to take account of

    all the major breaks. They claim that, minimally, we ought to recognize at

    least three major moments in the progression of Wittgenstein’s thought,

    taking stock of a final period in which On Certainty dominates. Still others

    reject the idea that the best interpretative results will come from regarding

    the development of his thinking in the stark terms of involving ‘complete’

    changes of mind at all. On the contrary, they argue that, that we will better

    understand his works if we emphasize their methodological continuity.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2005). Voices to be heard. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 13 (1), 149-161.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/776

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 149

End Page


  • 161

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/096087042000317645