The Error of Thinking that the Picture of Actual Dreams can be Used in only one Way

José M. Ariso


In order to avoid being captive of a certain picture we must explore how it is to be
used: it will be then that we will understand the sense of what we are saying. Since
the picture already points to a particular use, it seems to spare us this work, but
Wittgenstein warns us “this is how it takes us in”. In this paper I try to illustrate
this point with an example: the example in question is `the picture of actual
dreams´, that is, the picture of the unquestionable report made by an authority (on
the corresponding context) who recounts the whole dreams we have had while sleeping,
including the ones we remember and the ones we have forgotten or even misremembered
upon waking.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; dream; memory; dream report; sleep-talker

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