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This is the first full exploration of the implications of Wittgenstein's philosophy for understanding the arts and cultural criticism. These original essays by philosophers and critics address key philosophical topics in the study of the arts and culture, such as humanism, criticism, psychology, painting, film and ethics. All exemplify Wittgenstein's method of conceptual investigation and highlight his notion of philosophy as a cure.
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Wittgenstein, Theory and the Arts

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Overview

This is the first full exploration of the implications of Wittgenstein's philosophy for understanding the arts and cultural criticism. These original essays by philosophers and critics address key philosophical topics in the study of the arts and culture, such as humanism, criticism, psychology, painting, film and ethics. All exemplify Wittgenstein's method of conceptual investigation and highlight his notion of philosophy as a cure.
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Editorial Reviews

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'This is an interesting collection ... all the essays are worth reading.' - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

'A carefully structured and finely nuanced investigation of Wittgenstein, theory and the arts ... this anthology is most effective and it's approach most helpful.' - British Journal of Aesthetics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135199517
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Allen is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. Malcolm Turvey teachs film history at Sarah Lawrence College in New York State.
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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
Acknowledgments
1 Wittgenstein's later philosophy: a prophylaxis against theory 1
Pt. I Wittgenstein, the humanities and art 37
2 Wittgenstein and the autonomy of humanistic understanding 39
3 Wittgenstein on language, art and humanity 75
4 Wittgenstein, performing art and action 92
5 Is scepticism a 'natural possibility' of language? Reasons to be sceptical of Cavell's Wittgenstein 117
6 The urn and the chamber pot 137
Pt. II Theory and the arts 154
7 Language and painting, border wars and pipe dreams 156
8 Cognitive film theory 175
9 The coded-message model of literature 211
10 Wittgenstein on consciousness and language: a challenge to Derridean literary theory 230
11 Wittgenstein, Freud and the nature of psychoanalytic explanation 254
Index 297
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