Wittgenstein's House: Language, Space, and Architecture

Wittgenstein's House: Language, Space, and Architecture

by Nana Last
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823228800

ISBN-13: 9780823228805

Pub. Date: 07/15/2008

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Wittgenstein's House reads Wittgenstein's his two main philosophical texts, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations, in relation to an experience that intervened between them: his design and construction of the Stonborough-Wittgenstein house in Vienna. Arguing that the practice of architecture occupies not just a historical position

Overview

Wittgenstein's House reads Wittgenstein's his two main philosophical texts, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations, in relation to an experience that intervened between them: his design and construction of the Stonborough-Wittgenstein house in Vienna. Arguing that the practice of architecture occupies not just a historical position between Wittgenstein's early and late philosophy, but a conceptual position as well, the book demonstrates that Wittgenstein's practice of architecture constitutes a fundamental component in the development of his philosophy of language from its early to late phases.

The book advances the radical proposition that the field in which architecture and philosophy operate includes linguistic and spatial practices. It develops innovative forms of interdisciplinary analyses to demonstrate that the philosophical positions put forth by Wittgenstein's two main works are literally unthinkable outside of their respective conceptions of space: the view from above in the early work and the view from within constructed by the late work.

To examine the manner in which Wittgenstein's practice of architecture insinuated itself into his philosophy, the author interweaves in-depth analyses of the spatial constructs underpinning the early and late philosophies with conceptual, formal and operative discussions of the design of the Stonborough-Wittgenstein house. Together these discussions reveal how Wittgenstein's practice of architecture engaged philosophical concepts, through which it influenced Wittgenstein's philosophy of language. At the heart of this approach is the finding that the philosophical concepts at the core of Wittgenstein's philosophy are indeed spatial ones, including his concerns with the limits of language, the boundary between showing and saying, the intricate textual numbering systems he devises, the relationship between the interiority of the subject and the publicness of language, and the formative principle of family resemblance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823228805
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
07/15/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Spatial Practices from Architecture to Philosophy     1
Transgressions and Inhabitations
Transgressions     33
From Without to Within: The Building of Inhabitation     61
The Stonborough-Wittgenstein House     78
The Practice of Architecture     95
Images of Entanglement
Images of Entanglement     123
Family Resemblance     125
The Landscape of Language     136
Nets and Webs     143
Crystalline Purity     146
Spatial Crises     149
Labyrinths and Mazes     155
Albums     161
Surface Practices     168
Boundaries     174
Shared Territory     182
Notes     191
Selected Bibliography     201
Index     205

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