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Does Wittgenstein have a method? The challenges of Conant and Schulte


Wyss, Sebastian (2015). Does Wittgenstein have a method? The challenges of Conant and Schulte. Nordic Wittgenstein Review, 4(1):167-193.

Abstract

Does Wittgenstein have a method? There are two challenges to an affirmative answer. One is put forth by Schulte, who claims that Wittgenstein’s method is little more than a skill, and thus not a method in any ambitious sense of that word. Another is Conant’s view that the philosophy of the later Wittgenstein entertains not one method, but a variety of methods. I tackle these challenges by questioning what I take to be their presupposed conceptions of ‘method’ and conclude that we can indeed speak of Wittgenstein’s method in an interesting sense. Thereby, the concept of method will be elucidated and the sense in which Wittgenstein’s philosophy has a method clarified.

Abstract

Does Wittgenstein have a method? There are two challenges to an affirmative answer. One is put forth by Schulte, who claims that Wittgenstein’s method is little more than a skill, and thus not a method in any ambitious sense of that word. Another is Conant’s view that the philosophy of the later Wittgenstein entertains not one method, but a variety of methods. I tackle these challenges by questioning what I take to be their presupposed conceptions of ‘method’ and conclude that we can indeed speak of Wittgenstein’s method in an interesting sense. Thereby, the concept of method will be elucidated and the sense in which Wittgenstein’s philosophy has a method clarified.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:methodology; philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig
Language:English
Date:24 July 2015
Deposited On:15 Oct 2015 13:32
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 14:19
Publisher:Ontos Verlag
ISSN:2242-248X
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.nordicwittgensteinreview.com/article/view/3273
Related URLs:http://www.nordicwittgensteinreview.com/article/view/3273

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