Mensurable Confusion?: Wittgenstein's Meter-Stick and Beyond

Mensurable Confusion?: Wittgenstein's Meter-Stick and Beyond kelly dean jolley Auburn University I certainly find it easier to recognize the deep continuities within Wittgenstein's thought, than the real nature of the contrasts: one only comes to recognize these for what they are after prolonged engagement with the two works. --R. M. White, Understanding Wittgenstein 23 Introduction heather gert has offered a reading of Investigations §§ 46­50. Her attention devolves primarily on the notorious standard meter paragraph of § 50. Important to her reading is her conviction about what it is from the Tractatus that is being criticized and about how it is being criticized. I believe Gert's reading of the passage is mistaken. Gert fails to get fully into focus what is happening in the distance, in the Tractatus, and she fails to get into focus what is happening nearby, in Investigations §§ 46­50. Her failures to get these happenings into focus seem to be the result, in part, of a misunderstanding of Wittgenstein's philosophical method, of his metaphilosophical remarks. Her failures also seem to be the result, in part, of a prephilosophical conviction about the standard meter, of what is supposedly obviously true of it. My article runs beyond Gert's. I say this by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

Mensurable Confusion?: Wittgenstein's Meter-Stick and Beyond

The Pluralist, Volume 5 (2) – Oct 27, 2010

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kelly dean jolley Auburn University I certainly find it easier to recognize the deep continuities within Wittgenstein's thought, than the real nature of the contrasts: one only comes to recognize these for what they are after prolonged engagement with the two works. --R. M. White, Understanding Wittgenstein 23 Introduction heather gert has offered a reading of Investigations §§ 46­50. Her attention devolves primarily on the notorious standard meter paragraph of § 50. Important to her reading is her conviction about what it is from the Tractatus that is being criticized and about how it is being criticized. I believe Gert's reading of the passage is mistaken. Gert fails to get fully into focus what is happening in the distance, in the Tractatus, and she fails to get into focus what is happening nearby, in Investigations §§ 46­50. Her failures to get these happenings into focus seem to be the result, in part, of a misunderstanding of Wittgenstein's philosophical method, of his metaphilosophical remarks. Her failures also seem to be the result, in part, of a prephilosophical conviction about the standard meter, of what is supposedly obviously true of it. My article runs beyond Gert's. I say this by

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