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How Not to Read Philosophical Investigations: McDowell and Goldfarb on Wittgenstein on Understanding


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Author(s): Brandt S
Publisher: Basil Blackwell
Publication year: 2014
Volume: 37
Journal issue: 4
Pages range: 289 - 311
ISSN: 0190-0536
eISSN: 1467-9205
Language: English

Abstract

In a recent article, John McDowell has criticised Warren Goldfarb for attributing an anti-realist conception of linguistic understanding to Wittgenstein. I argue that McDowell is right to reject Goldfarb’s anti- realism, but does so for the wrong reasons. I show that both Goldfarb’s and McDowell’s interpretations are vitiated by the fact that they do not pay attention to Wittgenstein’s positive claims about understanding, in particular his claim that understanding is a kind of ability. The cause of this oversight lies in their endorsement of an excessively anti-systematic or “therapeutic” reading of Wittgenstein.



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APA: Brandt, S. (2014). How Not to Read Philosophical Investigations: McDowell and Goldfarb on Wittgenstein on Understanding. Philosophical Investigations, 37(4), 289 - 311. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/phin.12062

MLA: Brandt, Stefan. "How Not to Read Philosophical Investigations: McDowell and Goldfarb on Wittgenstein on Understanding." Philosophical Investigations 37.4 (2014): 289 - 311.

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