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.
Robert Harrison, a nimble thinker of limitless curiosity, author of books on topics ranging from forests and gardens to Dante and the dead, joins us to talk about a book that changed his mind: Giambattista Vico's New Science (1725).
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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