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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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Wittgenstein and Citizenship: Reading Socrates in Tehran

Wittgenstein and Citizenship: Reading Socrates in Tehran

(p.66) Chapter 3 Wittgenstein and Citizenship: Reading Socrates in Tehran
Wittgenstein and Political Theory

Christopher C Robinson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the citizenship that follows from the effect of travel through language-games on how we come to define ourselves. The forms of entrapment or impediments to motion examined here are philosophical and religious dogmatism. The discussion works through the conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro, and Azar Nafisi's memoir of her life in Tehran during the reign of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Along the way, it fleshes out the notion of citizenship conceived along Wittgensteinian lines by encountering critically and appreciatively the work of Chantal Mouffe and Aletta Norval.

Keywords:   citizenship, language-games, Azar Nafisi, religious dogmatism, philosophical dogmatism, Socrates, Chantal Mouffe, Aletta Norval

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