Wittgenstein on simile as the "best thing" in philosophy

Yasemin J. Erden*

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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 Through examining newly discovered material from the (unpublished) Skinner manuscripts (MSS), I offer an analysis of Wittgenstein's approach to literary techniques (broadly conceived) and see how this impacts on his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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalPhilosophical Investigations
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

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