• Nuno VenturinhaEmail author
Part of the Nordic Wittgenstein Studies book series (NRWS, volume 3)


In this paper I begin by scrutinizing classic approaches to the question of agrammaticality, with a particular focus on Frege and the early Wittgenstein, and try to show that a further step is needed in order to adequately address this topic. I then focus on the later Wittgenstein’s treatment of nonsense-poems and claim that the failure of the Philosophical Investigations as a book is actually connected with Wittgenstein’s recognition that philosophy should be written under the form of poetry. The therapeutic consequences of this view are discussed in connection with Deleuze’s comments on Melville and with Read’s comments on Sass, which offer very different views of agrammaticality.


Agrammaticality Language Literature Nonsense Philosophy Wittgenstein 


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  1. 1.Universidade Nova de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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