Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations
During the Spring term, the Theory Center devotes itself to an inten-sive study of Ludwig Wittgen-stein’s master-piece, Philosoph-ical Investigations. The book approaches language and its usage in startlingly novel ways: it rethinks not only speech and thought, but other aspects of our existence, such as interiority, embodiment, sociability, the everyday, and perception. The Investigations is woven from a number of voices, none of which is simply authoritative. It thus invites reading, conversation, and independent thinking like few other works. Our exploration of Part I of the Investigations will be aided by two guest speakers, Sarah Beckwith and Juliet Floyd. Beckwith, a leading Renaissance scholar and proponent of Ordinary Language Philosophy as an approach to literature, will reflect on the opening section of the Investigations, where Wittgenstein introduces his notion of a language game. Floyd, a philosopher who has done pathbreaking work in the history of logic and analytic philosophy, will aid us in understanding the significance of Wittgenstein’s remarks on rule-following and its limits.
All Center events are open to the public.
One of our foremost theorists of translation, Emily Apter looks to Barbara Cassin’s Dictionary of Untranslatables to learn working, thinking and living beyond the bounds of monolingualism.
Call for Submissions: Theory Center Graduate Essay Prize
IU graduate students are invited to submit an essay of up to 7,500 words for the Theory Center Essay Prize of $1,000. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2021. Send questions and submission to Michel Chaouli.
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