Rupert Read: “Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations as a War Book” (New Literary History)

We’ve just learned that Rupert Read (Philosophy, University of East Anglia) has published an essay in the journal New Literary History entitled “Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations as a War Book.” We thought a number of you would like to know of it. To download a PDF of it, please click here.

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One thought on “Rupert Read: “Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations as a War Book” (New Literary History)

  1. This is a fascinating paper and linking the reading to the times when the Investigations were written is quite powerful. However, it is an exercise in seeing as – perhaps more like trying to see a face in the clouds than trying to see a window as a swastika, but still very much a reading (and a reading in). So I would praise it more for its ingenuity, power and interest than for its accuracy. I don’t think Wittgenstein would have seen the Investigations as a book on ethics and I don’t think it really does justify or even lend support for any particular ethical view or even very broad ethical claims such as “it is wrong to deny the human in other people”. When Wittgenstein said that all he was doing was conceptual clarification he absolutely meant it – even if, of course, as with anything human there are possible links to the sort of deeper issues Rupert talks about so interestingly.

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