Literature: Picture, Language Game, Picture Again

Ondrej Beran


The paper discusses possible analyses of literature in the framework of
Wittgenstein’s views on language. The analysis of fiction as picture in the
Tractarian sense, though interesting and possibly fruitful, is not without problems.
The analysis of it as language game presents it as a defective, private-language-like
type of game. However, picturing can be understood as certain function of language
games, expressed especially strongly particularly in “literary” utterances.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; literature; picturing; world; language game; private language; originality; edition

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