Wittgenstein, Psychology, and the Problem of Individuality

  • Charlotte J. Patterson


Wittgenstein’s dissatisfaction with academic psychology is well known. In perhaps the most widely available statement of his discontent, Wittgenstein wrote, “The confusion and barrenness of psychology is not to be explained by calling it a ‘young science’.” In psychology, he added, “there are experimental methods and conceptual confusion. … The existence of experimental methods makes us think we have the means of solving problems which trouble us; though problem and methods pass one another by” (PI, p.232e).


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