Wittgenstein’s Phenomenology: Reconsidering the Relationship of Experience and Language

James M. Thompson


After a ten-year hiatus from philosophy, Wittgenstein’s return to Cambridge signals a
new phase in his philosophic thought: the development of a phenomenology and
phenomenological language. Although these ideas were apparently given up after a
relatively short period of time, questions persist as to what he meant by
phenomenology and its significance with respect to his later thought. The first
section comprises a brief outline of his initial conception of phenomenology, while
the second section is devoted to unfolding the question of influence as well as
illuminating the role of language in experience.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; phenomenology; experience; grammar; language game; primary language; secondary language; dichotomy; world

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