Toward a perspicuous presentation of "Perspicuous Presentation"

Hutchinson, Phil and Read, Rupert (2008) Toward a perspicuous presentation of "Perspicuous Presentation". Philosophical Investigations, 31 (2). pp. 141-160. ISSN 1467-9205

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Gordon Baker in his last decade published a series of papers (now collected by Katherine Morris in Baker 2004) which are revolutionary in their proposals for understanding of later Wittgenstein. Taking our lead from the first of those papers, on “perspicuous presentations”, we offer new criticisms of ‘elucidatory’ readers of later Wittgenstein, such as Peter Hacker: we argue that their readings fail to connect with the radically therapeutic intent of the ‘perspicuous presentation’ concept, as an achievement-term, rather than a kind of ‘objective’ mapping of a ‘conceptual landscape’. Baker’s Wittgenstein, far from being a ‘language policeman’ of the kind that often fails to influence mainstream philosophy, offers an alternative to the latent scientism of Wittgenstein’s influential ‘elucidatory’ readers.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Wittgenstein
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:58
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2023 09:32
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9205.2007.00339.x

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