Wittgenstein and the Difficulty of What Normally Goes Without Saying

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


This chapter proposes that Wittgenstein’s notion of ‘form of life’ belongs in a region of his thought that gave him real trouble in his final years, and concerns what may generally be described as the background conditions of sense. It proposes that the main challenge, for Wittgenstein, is doing justice to our perceptual relation to those background conditions, and that what he needs, but is barred by his general approach and method of grammatical investigation from properly appreciating and utilizing, are the insights afforded by phenomenology, as glimpsed, but sometimes also occluded, in his remarks on aspects.


Aspect perception Form of life Background conditions of sense Semantic contextualism Phenomenology The natural attitude Creative uses of language 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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