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Wittgenstein's Language Games

1. Language Games

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Lecture

In this module, we introduce Wittgenstein’s language games in the context of his wider philosophy, focusing in particular on (i) Wittgenstein’s project of liberating minds, as delineated in his two major works: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, and Philosophical Investigations (ii) the meaning and purpose of language games (iii) the nature of the analogy between language and games (iv) the significance of ‘family resemblances’ in undoing the dogma of language essentialism (v) removing misconceptions about language games (vi) language as a form of life (vii) the variety of language games.

Course

In this course Dr Rupert Read (University of East Anglia) explores Wittgenstein’s language games, with special reference to religious language and belief. In the first module, we introduce language games in the context of Wittgenstein’s philosophical method. In the second module, we examine the ways in which language games cast light on the nature of religious utterances. In the third module, we look at the nature of religious belief and practices. In the fourth module, we review some objections to language games and possible responses to these objections, before turning to the role of analogy in the fifth module. In the sixth module, we evaluate whether the position of ‘Wittgensteinian fideism’ holds true to Wittgenstein’s philosophical worldview, including his attitude to language games and religious belief.

Lecturer

Dr Rupert Read is an associate professor of philosophy at UEA. His research interests are in the philosophy of language, Wittgenstein, Kuhn, philosophy of Literature and film, philosophy of psychology, and eco-philosophy. He is an expert on Ludwig Wittgenstein, and has published numerous books on the application of his thought to a range of topics. His recent publications include Wittgenstein's Liberatory Philosophy and Beyond the Tractatus Wars: A New Wittgensteinian Debate

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Read, R. (2022, May 06). Wittgenstein's Language Games - Language Games [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/wittgenstein-s-language-games/language-games

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Read, Rupert. "Wittgenstein's Language Games – Language Games." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 06 May 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/wittgenstein-s-language-games/language-games

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