The Aesthetic Dimension of Wittgenstein's Later Writings

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


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.



External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

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.Elmer Daniel Klemke - 1971 - Urbana, University of Illinois Press.


Added to PP

348 (#33,751)

6 months
35 (#37,542)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

William Day
Le Moyne College

Citations of this work

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

References found in this work

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius.Ray Monk - 1990 - New York, NY, USA: Penguin Books.
The Blue and Brown Books.Ludwig Wittgenstein - 1958 - Philosophy 34 (131):367-368.
Must we mean what we say?Stanley Cavell - 1958 - In V. C. Chappell (ed.), Inquiry. New York: Dover Publications. pp. 172 – 212.

View all 47 references / Add more references