Seeing the Investigations Through Cubist Eyes

Beth Savickey


In 1932 Wittgenstein wrote, ‘my main movement of thought is a completely
different one today from 15 to 20 years ago. And this is similar to when a
painter makes a transition from one school to another’. Wittgenstein’s movement
from the Tractatus to the Investigations is similar to a transition from representational art to
Cubism. He shifts from a fixed logical viewpoint outside the text to a text of
dynamic, multi-perspectival and interactive grammatical remarks. The text of the
Investigations is like an early Cubist painting in
form, content, and meaning.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; cubism; description; form; grammar; imagination; multi-aspectival; multi-perspectival; perspicuity

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