Wittgenstein, Plato, and the Historical Socrates

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Abstract

This essay examines the profound affinities between Wittgenstein and the historical Socrates. The first five sections argue that similarities between their personalities and circumstances can explain a comparable pattern of philosophical development. The next nine show that many apparently chance similarities between the two men's lives and receptions can be explained by their shared conceptions of philosophical method. The last three sections consider the difficulty of practising this method through writing, and examine the solutions which Plato and Wittgenstein adopted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-85
Number of pages41
JournalPhilosophy
Volume82
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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