Transformative Philosophy: Socrates, Wittgenstein, and the by Thomas Wallgren

By Thomas Wallgren

The new cross-fruition among analytical philosophy and continental philosophical traditions has prompted an severe curiosity within the philosophy of philosophy. At stake within the debate is our knowing of the function of philosophy and of using argument and cause in culture.Transformative Philosophy articulates a brand new notion of philosophy via a dialogue of salient issues within the analytical culture, within the paintings of the later Wittgenstein, and in serious idea. Wallgren lines the family tree resulting in the current deadlock at the discourse of philosophy; discusses authors similar to Quine, Peter Winch, Michael Dummett, and Ernst Tugendhat; and considers Wittgenstein's notion of philosophy and of the non-public language argument. Drawing on an research of the family members among fact, communal contract, and the position of the non-public will in philosophical argumentation, Transformative Philosophy develops a picture of philosophy as a transformative take care of self and others. This paintings makes an outstanding contribution to the examine of philosophy and social concept.

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And how are we to understand the lack of reflection on this topic in our sources? To the l ast question some simple answers lie close at hand. First, there is the conspicuous lack of tradition. The phi losophy of philosophy is a weakly developed discipline. " So, in the austerity of their reflections on "philosophy," the quoted authors arejust following convention. Their lethargy may also be related to what we may call philosophical conversation­ stoppers. I wish to draw attention to four such conversation-stoppers, which each separately have the effect of perpetuating the kind of silence or lack of self-critical energy in the phi losophy of phi losophy that puzzles me.

2 3 According to the optimistic conception it is by specializing and limiting our responsibility that each one of us is most likely to contribute to progress. Hence, when philosophers welcome projections of their field as divided into independent fields or traditions they have an impressive cultural tradition on their side. I noted earlier as surprising the fact that Foucault, von Wright, Rorty, and Theunissen independently of each other should suggest a new way of conceiving of phi losophy as bisected .

But their reflections also have a local dimension. The authors come from geographically, culturally, and l inguistically distinct backgrounds. There is, for instance, no reason to think that their pronunciations are infl uenced by one another. The di versity is i mportant because I want to guard myself against one­ sidedness. If we want to understand what "philosophy" means today, what things are called by that name, we need to look at evidence from different, mutually i ndependent sources. This "principle of diversity of evidence" is one of my reasons for quoting j ust these philosophers at thi s point.

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