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dc.contributor.authorSandis, Constantine
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-08T18:13:11Z
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dc.date.issued2015-10-06
dc.identifier.citationSandis , C 2015 , ' 'If Some People Looked Like Elephants and Others Like Cats': Wittgenstein on Understanding Others and Forms of Life ' , Nordic Wittgenstein Review , vol. 4 , no. Special Issue , pp. 131-153 . https://doi.org/10.15845/nwr.v4i0.3372
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dc.descriptionThis manuscript version is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The version of record, © 2015, de Gruyer, Sandis, Constantine; ‘If some people looked like Elephants and Others Like Cats’, Wittgenstein on Understanding Others and Forms of Life, Nordic Wittgenstein Review, Special Issue, pp. 131-153, October 2015, ISSN 2242-248X. Available online at: http://www.nordicwittgensteinreview.com/article/view/3372
dc.description.abstractThis essay introduces a tension between the public Wittgenstein’s optimism about knowledge of other minds and the private Wittgenstein’s pessimism about understanding others. There are three related reasons which render the tension unproblematic. First, the barriers he sought to destroy were metaphysical ones, whereas those he struggled to overcome were psychological. Second, Wittgenstein’s official view is chiefly about knowledge while the unofficial one is about understanding. Last, Wittgenstein’s official remarks on understanding themselves fall into two distinct categories that don’t match the focus of his unofficial ones. One is comprised of those remarks in the Investigations that challenge the thought that understanding is an inner mental process. The other consists primarily of those passages in PPF and On Certainty concerned with the difficulty of understanding others without immersing oneself into their form of life. In its unofficial counterpart, Wittgenstein focuses on individuals, rather than collectives. The official and the unofficial sets of remarks are united in assuming a distinction between understanding a person and understanding the meaning of their words. If to understand a language is to understand a form of life, then to understand a person is to understand a whole life.en
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dc.title'If Some People Looked Like Elephants and Others Like Cats': : Wittgenstein on Understanding Others and Forms of Lifeen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Humanities
dc.contributor.institutionPhilosophy
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