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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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Why Wittgenstein is Not Conservative: Conventions and Critique

Why Wittgenstein is Not Conservative: Conventions and Critique

(p.87) Chapter 4 Why Wittgenstein is Not Conservative: Conventions and Critique
Wittgenstein and Political Theory

Christopher C Robinson

Edinburgh University Press

The resulting dynamic account of political life leads into this chapter's discussion of the radical quality of Wittgenstein's conventionalism (an argument about language's lack of natural or metaphysical groundedness) in opposition to those who read his work as a call to conservatism and a renunciation of philosophy's critical role in relation to the other claims to knowledge audible in society generally or in the other faculties of the university. It also examines whether there is an antipolitical philosophy of language behind bureaucracy that Wittgenstein helps theorists to analyze and respond to critically.

Keywords:   Wittgenstein's conventionalism, conservatism, antipolitical philosophy, bureaucracy

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