The Sound of Bedrock: Lines of Grammar Between Kant, Wittgenstein, and Cavell

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


This chapter, which takes its bearing from Stanley Cavell’s ‘Aesthetic Problems of Modern Philosophy’, continues the work of ‘What’s the Point of Seeing Aspects?’ of exploring the grammatical affinity between Kant’s ‘beauty’ and Wittgenstein’s ‘aspect’; but it then goes on to develop a Wittgensteinian critique of Kant on two fronts: first, it questions Kant’s commitment to ‘systematicity’ in philosophy, and his related tendency to treat what Wittgenstein calls ‘grammar’ as, at best, an indication of something else—namely, the workings of our cognitive ‘powers’, or faculties, in their (systematic) inter-relations; and, second, it challenges Kant’s understanding of ‘concept’—an understanding that is shared by many in contemporary analytic philosophy, and which essentially divorces concepts from our (evolving and context-sensitive) linguistic practices.


Aspect perception Cavell Kant Beauty Ordinary language philosophy Grammar Systematicity Concepts Bedrock agreement (or disagreement) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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