(2012) Socrates vs. Wittgenstein

James Klagge

Abstract


Lecture in Bergen 2012, Mar. 6. Wittgenstein was often at odds with Socrates—on the need to find essential definitions, and on the need for reasons for God’s commands. And just as Plato seems to critique his mentor Socrates for being overly intellectual in his approach to issues, so Wittgenstein sees the need to address temperament in approaching philosophical issues. One way Plato does this is through the dialogue format. Wittgenstein too uses a sort of dialogue format in some of his later writings.

Keywords


philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; 20th century philosophy; Socrates; definition; essentialism; family resemblance; Schlick Moritz; Plato; poetry; dialogue; irony

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