Wittgensteinian Pedagogics: Cavell on the Figure of the Child in the Investigations

Studies in Philosophy and Education 20 (2):125-138 (2001)
This paper discusses Stanley Cavell's approach to the Investigations,focusing upon his essay – `Notes and Afterthoughts on the Opening ofWittgenstein's Investigations'. First, the paper investigates the waysin which Cavell makes central the figure and `voice' of the child to hisreading of the opening of the Investigations. Second, it argues thatCavell's Notes provides a basis for a Wittgensteinian pedagogics,for not only does it hold up the figure of the child as central to the Investigations but it does so in a philosophical style that, thoughdistinctively Cavell's own, comes closest to the spirit of philosophizing inWittgenstein's sense. Third, the paper concludes by discussing the complexvocal and figural structure of the Investigations which serves tohighlight different aspects of the figure of the child and the child's `voice'
Keywords figure of the child  Lugwig Wittgenstein  Stanley Cavell  the child's `voice'  the Investigations  Wittgensteinian pedagogics
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DOI 10.1023/A:1010379326178
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