Alone with One's Thoughts: Wittgenstein on Philosophical Thinking in Isolation

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Jack Manzi

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between isolation and philosophical thinking by exploring Wittgenstein’s own experiences of isolation and how they intersect with key themes in his philosophical work. In particular, I explore the relationship between isolation, honesty, and one of the central problems posed in Wittgenstein’s later work: the problem of dogmatism. I conclude with some observations about how Wittgenstein’s experiences of isolation might be considered to be ‘liberatory’ experience.

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Author Biography

Jack Manzi, University of East Anglia

Jack Manzi is a postgraduate research student in philosophy at the University of East Anglia. His thesis looks at exploring common maieutic themes in the philosophical methodologies of Socrates and Ludwig Wittgenstein.