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Wittgenstein and Political TheoryThe View from Somewhere$
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Christopher C. Robinson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639144

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639144.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Personal is the Theoretical

Conclusion: The Personal is the Theoretical

Conclusion: The Personal is the Theoretical
Wittgenstein and Political Theory

Christopher C Robinson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at the author's personal reflections on Wittgenstein's work. In Wittgenstein, he finds a de-divinized description of theorizing that befits the challenges of living and seeing in political society today. These challenges begin with the question of where to look when seeking or seeing politics or political phenomena. In the epic tradition, politics was conceived spatially as a place — the city, the polis, and the government — that locale where the theorist cannot go without being subjected to punishment by those in power. The politics of today is a politics of resistance and dissent. The drama arises sporadically in the form of protest and imaginatively in the playfulness of street theatre. Perceiving these acts requires the intimacy that the epic tradition eschewed. To theorize today is to pursue what this book has offered as Wittgenstein's path to politics.

Keywords:   Wittgenstein, political society, epic tradition, theorizing politics, dissent, polis

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