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Wittgenstein on Forms of Life and the Nature of Experience

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Antonio Marques and Nuno Venturinha

To what extent is the form of our life fixed, i.e. is there a form of life or forms of life? How does this bear on the nature of experience? These are two Wittgensteinian questions in need of clarification. Wittgenstein on Forms of Life and the Nature of Experience sheds light on a much exploited but rarely analysed topic in Wittgenstein scholarship while addressing central themes of contemporary philosophy. Bringing together essays from some of the leading scholars in the field, the book concentrates on Wittgenstein’s concept of Lebensform(en), and more specifically its evolution in the author’s thought until his death in 1951.

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Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 List of Abbreviations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Notes on Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 NUNO VENTURINHA Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 BARRY STOCKER Dialectic of Paradox in the Tractatus: Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 MARIA FILOMENA MOLDER Cries, False Substitutes and Expressions in Image . . . . . . . 39 JEAN-PIERRE COMETTI Aesthetic Experience and Forms of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 STEFAN MAJETSCHAK Forms and Patterns of Life: A Reassessment of a So-Called Basic Concept in the Late Philosophy of Wittgenstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 JAMES M. THOMPSON Translating Form(s)-of-Life? Remarks on Cultural Difference and Alterity . . . . . . . . . . . 97 JESÚS PADILLA GÁLVEZ Form of Life as Arithmetical Experiment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 6JOACHIM SCHULTE Does the Devil in Hell Have a Form of Life? . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 ANTÓNIO MARQUES Forms of Life: Between the Given and the Thought Experiment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 ANDREW LUGG Wittgenstein on Reddish Green: Logic and Experience . . . 155 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Contents

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