Wittgenstein on Aesthetic Understanding

  • Garry L. Hagberg

Part of the Philosophers in Depth book series (PID)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Aesthetic Dimension of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Work

  3. Narrative, Interpretation, and Literary Language

  4. Musical Understanding

  5. Experiencing Art and Perceiving Persons: An Intimate Connection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Bernard Rhie
      Pages 305-327
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 383-394

About this book


This book investigates the significance of Wittgenstein’s philosophy for aesthetic understanding. Focusing on the aesthetic elements of Wittgenstein’s philosophical work, the authors explore connections to contemporary currents in aesthetic thinking and the illuminating power of Wittgenstein’s philosophy when considered in connection with the interpretation of specific works of literature, music, and the arts. Taken together, the chapters presented here show what aesthetic understanding consists of and the ways we achieve it, how it might be articulated, and why it is important. At a time of strong renewal of interest in Wittgenstein’s contributions to the philosophy of mind and language, this book offers insight into the connections between philosophical-psychological and linguistic issues and the understanding of the arts.


thought philosophy music architecture poetry

Editors and affiliations

  • Garry L. Hagberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Bard College, USRhinebeckUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40909-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40910-8
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