Guest lecture by Wittenstein Archives research visitor

James Thompson (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

1.12.2003, 14.00-16.00, at the Department of Philosophy (seminarrom)

Wittgenstein and Phenomenology: Beyond the Inner/Outer


This lecture treats Wittgenstein's two acknowledged brushes with phenomenology. I want to show how his earlier attempt to construct a phenomenological language (as well as its subsequent rejection), serve as the point of departure for a new analysis of language and experience, with certain parallels to the phenomenologies of Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty. To this end, I will focus on Wittgenstein's later discussions of the inner/outer, body, and language.