In Garry L. Hagberg (ed.), Wittgenstein on Aesthetic Understanding. pp. 3-29 (2017)

William Day
Le Moyne College
In this essay I argue the extent to which meaning and judgment in aesthetics figures in Wittgenstein’s later conception of language, particularly in his conception of how philosophy might go about explaining the ordinary functioning of language. Following a review of some biographical and textual matters concerning Wittgenstein’s life with music, I outline the connection among (1) Wittgenstein’s discussions of philosophical clarity or perspicuity, (2) our attempts to give clarity to our aesthetic experiences by wording them, and (3) the clarifying experience of the dawning of an aspect, which Wittgenstein pictures as the perception of an internal relation. By examining Wittgenstein’s use of “internal relation” from the Tractatus to his later writings, I come to challenge the still prevalent understanding of Wittgenstein’s appeals to grammar as an appeal to something given (e.g., to a set of grammatical rules). Instead, as I argue, Wittgensteinian appeals to grammatical criteria should be understood as modeled by the form of justification found in our conversations about art.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Must We Mean What We Say?Stanley Cavell - 1958 - In V. C. Chappell (ed.), Inquiry. New York: Dover Publications. pp. 172 – 212.
The Blue and Brown Books.Ludwig Wittgenstein - 1958 - Philosophy 34 (131):367-368.

View all 45 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Wanting to Say Something: Aspect-Blindness and Language.William Day - 2010 - In William Day & Víctor J. Krebs (eds.), Seeing Wittgenstein Anew. Cambridge University Press.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Wittgenstein's Concepts for an Aesthetics: Judgment and Understanding of Form.Silvana Borutti - 2013 - Aisthesis: Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi Dell’Estetico 6 (1):55-66.
The Role of the Concept of "Showing" in Wittgenstein's Philosophy.Dean Bodo Proessel - 1996 - Dissertation, The University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Wittgenstein. Playing on the Edges of Language.Francesco Valagussa - 2013 - Aisthesis: Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi Dell’Estetico 6 (1):291-305.
The Moral Dimension of Wittgenstein's Writing.Kevin Michael Cahill - 2002 - Dissertation, University of Virginia
Clear as Mud.Dawn M. Phillips - 2006 - Journal of Philosophical Research 31:277-294.
The Notion of Philosophy in Wittgenstein's Later Writings.Stephen Blacklocks - 1988 - Dissertation, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Essays on Wittgenstein.E. D. Klemke - 1971 - Urbana, University of Illinois Press.


Added to PP index

Total views
250 ( #39,863 of 2,455,894 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
58 ( #13,062 of 2,455,894 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes