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The Significance of Aspect Perception

Bringing the Phenomenal World into View


Part of the Nordic Wittgenstein Studies book series (NRWS, volume 5)

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About this book


In this volume, Baz offers a wide-ranging discussion of Wittgenstein’s remarks on aspect-perception, with special focus on Wittgenstein’s method. Baz starts out with an interpretation of Wittgenstein’s remarks on aspects and continues with attempts to characterize and defend Wittgenstein’s approach to the understanding and dissolution of philosophical difficulties. Baz ends with attempts to articulate—under the inspiration of Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology—certain dissatisfactions, both with Wittgenstein’s remarks on aspect perception, and with his philosophical approach more generally. 

On the way, Baz explores connections between Wittgenstein’s remarks on aspects and Kant’s aesthetics. He examines ways in which the remarks on aspects may be brought to bear on contemporary philosophical work on perception. He discusses some of the implications of Wittgenstein’s work on aspect perception for issues in moral philosophy and the philosophy of action.

Wittgenstein said the problem of aspect perception was as hard as granite, and no one is a more capable, persistent and imaginative stonecutter than Baz. Using insights from Merleau-Ponty’s work, he shows how the philosophical significance of what is involved in “seeing something as something” is still being widely misunderstood and underappreciated. These essays stand out by their depth and honesty, and raise new questions that anyone working in the area will have to address. 
– Martin Gustafsson, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland


Aspect Perception Charles Travis John McDowell Kant’s Aesthetics Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception Philosophical Methodology Stephen Mulhall motivational indeterminacy Aspect Perception and Philosophical Difficulty Kant’s understanding of ‘concept’ What’s the Point of Seeing Aspects? Wittgensteinian critique of Kant what Wittgenstein calls ‘grammar’ Wittgenstein and our perceptual relation Fregean thoughts Travis’s work on perception

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA

About the authors

Avner Baz is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Tufts University. He is the Author of When Words are Called For: A Defense of Ordinary Language Philosophy (Harvard, 2012), and The Crisis of Method in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (Oxford, 2017). He has also published papers on Kant’s Ethics and Aesthetics, on Wittgenstein, on J. L. Austin and Ordinary Language Philosophy, on Stanley Cavell, and on Perception. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Significance of Aspect Perception
  • Book Subtitle Bringing the Phenomenal World into View
  • Authors Avner Baz
  • Series Title Nordic Wittgenstein Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Nordic Wittgenstein Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-38624-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-38627-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-38625-2
  • Series ISSN 2520-1514
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-1522
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 201
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Phenomenology
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