Showing and Doing: Wittgenstein as a Pedagogical Philosopher

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Three prominent Wittgenstein scholars introduce the broad educational significance of Ludwig Wittgenstein's work to a wider audience of educational researchers and practitioners through provocative, innovative, and playful readings of his work. They vividly demonstrate the influence of his thinking and its centrality to understanding our contemporary condition. Wittgenstein fundamentally shaped contemporary theories of language, representation, cognition, and learning. The book also traces the 'úpedagogical turn'Ě of his thinking during the period from 1920 to 1926. What is most radical about Wittgenstein's later work is that it suggests learning and initiation into practices are fundamental to understanding his philosophy. The book not only provides a new and fresh interpretation of Wittgenstein's thought but also explores a new way of thinking about education as a way of revealing the educational dimension of philosophical problems.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Showing and Doing: An Introductionp. 1
Wittgenstein as Exile: A Philosophical Topographyp. 15
"Perspicuous Representation," Genealogy, and Interpretationp. 35
Tractarian Pedagogiesp. 65
Images and Pictures, Seeing and Imaginingp. 81
Philosophy, Therapy, and Unlearningp. 101
Writing the Self: Wittgenstein, Confession, and Pedagogyp. 131
Wittgensteinian Pedagogies: Cavell on the Figure of the Child in the Investigationsp. 151
The Practice of Ethics and Moral Educationp. 169
Education as Initiation into Practicesp. 183
Tacit Teachingp. 199
Referencesp. 215
Indexp. 225
About the Authorsp. 233
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