Toward a perspicuous presentation of "Perspicuous Presentation"

Phil Hutchinson, Rupert Read

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Gordon Baker in his last decade published a series of papers (now collected by Katherine Morris in Baker 2004) which are revolutionary in their proposals for understanding of later Wittgenstein. Taking our lead from the first of those papers, on “perspicuous presentations”, we offer new criticisms of ‘elucidatory’ readers of later Wittgenstein, such as Peter Hacker: we argue that their readings fail to connect with the radically therapeutic intent of the ‘perspicuous presentation’ concept, as an achievement-term, rather than a kind of ‘objective’ mapping of a ‘conceptual landscape’. Baker’s Wittgenstein, far from being a ‘language policeman’ of the kind that often fails to influence mainstream philosophy, offers an alternative to the latent scientism of Wittgenstein’s influential ‘elucidatory’ readers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-160
Number of pages20
JournalPhilosophical Investigations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

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