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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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Seeing as it Happens: Theorizing Politics through the Eyes of Wittgenstein

Seeing as it Happens: Theorizing Politics through the Eyes of Wittgenstein

(p.134) Chapter 6 Seeing as it Happens: Theorizing Politics through the Eyes of Wittgenstein
Wittgenstein and Political Theory

Christopher C Robinson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines aspect-blindness further in the context of political theory, and as a contrast to the vocabulary of seeing presented by Wittgenstein that ties him to theorizing. These terms are not merely significant to theorizing. Expressing them is itself a performance of theorizing as seeing. What Wittgenstein demands of political theory is a reconsideration of the pictures of the theorist and the relation of the theorist to politics that guide practitioners, shape their attitudes toward the world and give them a sense of identity. The process of rethinking these relations is also an opportunity to analyze the discipline as a social practice composed of people with varying senses of what theorizing entails and what being a political theorist means.

Keywords:   Wittgenstein, theorizing as seeing, aspect-blindness, political theory, social practice

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