The journal Philosophical Investigations has just published an article entitled “Wittgenstein on Simile as the ‘Best Thing’ in Philosophy,” by Yasemin J. Erden (St. Mary’s University College). To access the article online, please click here.
Here is the article’s abstract:
In a remark written sometime between 1933 and 1943, Wittgenstein suggests that philosophy ought really to be written as one “writes a poem.” Around this time he also talks of simile as the “best thing” in philosophy. In this paper I consider what it would mean to take such claims seriously. Through examining newly discovered material from the (unpublished) Skinner manuscripts (MSS), I offer an analysis of Wittgenstein’s approach to literary techniques (broadly conceived) and see how this impacts on his conception of philosophy.