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Critical Notice. Paul Horwich, Wittgenstein's Metaphilosophy

Chappell, Timothy (2014). Critical Notice. Paul Horwich, Wittgenstein's Metaphilosophy. Philosophical Investigations, 37(3) pp. 258–271.

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In the Preface to his fine book, Paul Horwich deplores the “polar split” that he sees in academic philosophy today between most philosophers, who don’t care about Wittgenstein, and the Wittgensteinian minority, who don’t care about much else, and are “engaged in feuds with one other that no one else cares about” (p.xiii). Whether or not this picture is entirely fair either to Wittgensteinians or to non-Wittgensteinians, it is certainly true, and unfortunate, that Wittgenstein has been normalised by the academic system. His work has been turned into just another specialisation within the philosophy curriculum that (it is imagined) no one who is not “taking the course”, or researching in the area, need pay any attention to. The irony, Horwich suggests, is that Wittgenstein, especially in Part One of The Philosophical Investigations, offers a revolutionary perspective on the whole question of how to do philosophy, which any philosopher, Wittgensteinian or not, can benefit from at least considering.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN: 1467-9205
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 40504
Depositing User: Sophie Grace Chappell
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2014 12:35
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 10:10
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