Tilbake til søkeresultatene


Language as form of life and creative work. Aspects of the reception to Wittgenstein's late philosophy. Mobile researcher: Fortunato Emilian

Tildelt: kr 0,16 mill.

The question is how can Wittgenstein's philosophy help to understand the social transformations, particularly in regard to work, of contemporary society - a society sometimes called postmodern, sometimes post Fordist, sometimes the knowledge society. Inde ed, many theorists believe that in this society, work has predominantly cognitive and communicative aspects, so in substance is linguistically and cognitively founded. The research will therefore explore some interpretations of Wittgenstein's late philoso phy that analyse social transformations of the contemporary world, which many believe to have discontinuities with modernity. In particular, some interpretations of Wittgenstein's late philosophy of language will be analyzed. These interpretations focus b oth on social and practical aspects of Wittgenstein's theory of language as well as the creative and performative aspects of language. The project will focus on these interpretations developed in continental philosophical area. These interpretations of W ittgenstein's late philosophy, which do not follow the propositions of analytic philosophy, share a common idea that forms of life have an immanent nature - many think materialistic - and produce and reproduce through a collective work that establishes rules, but which is open to creativity. This way of seeing things seems an interesting perspective to understand the transformations that are taking place in contemporary society. These three lines of interpretation focus ultimately on social, creative an d material aspects of Wittgenstein's late philosophy. Unlike other interpretations of late Wittgenstein, mostly Anglo-Saxon/analytical, they see both a dynamic and productive aspect as well as a social one that has to do with the production and transforma tion of forms of life which, as mentioned, is not interpreted in terms of its biological aspects, but from the point of view of its political aspects.