Wittgenstein’s Comparison between Philosophy, Aesthetics and Ethics

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Wittgenstein compares philosophical explanations with explanations in aesthetics and ethics. According to him, the similarity between aesthetics and philosophy “reaches very far”, and as I aim to show, the comparison can be used to elucidate certain characteristic features of Wittgenstein’s philosophical approach. In particular, it can explain how his approach differs from metaphysical philosophy as well as clarifying the sense in which there are no theses or theories in philosophy, as Wittgenstein conceives it. In the last section of the essay, I examine certain consequences of Wittgenstein’s view, including the lack of conclusive arguments in philosophy. Rather than implying that philosophy falls short of its rational aspirations, I argue, Wittgenstein’s explanation of why there are (sometimes) no conclusive arguments in philosophy can help us to see in the right light the lack of agreement in philosophy, as well as explaining why this is not a defect.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAesthetics Today: Contemporary Approaches to the Aesthetics of Nature and of Arts
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 39th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg
EditorsStefan Majetschak, Anja Weinberg
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-054041-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
Event39th International Ludwig Wittgenstein – Symposium - Kirchberg, Austria
Duration: 7 Aug 201613 Aug 2016


Conference39th International Ludwig Wittgenstein – Symposium

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