Aesthetics - Wittgenstein’s Paradigm of Philosophy?

Simo Säätelä


This paper attempts to elucidate Wittgenstein’s remark about the “strange resemblance between a philosophical investigation (especially in mathematics) and an aesthetic one” from 1937 by looking at its textual and philosophical context. The conclusion is that the remark can be seen both as a description of a particular conception of philosophy, a prescription or declaration of intent (to proceed in a particular way), and a reminder (to Wittgenstein himself) about the form of a philosophical investigation. Furthermore, it is concluded that the Darstellungsform he has in mind is the one that finds expression especially in the first part of the PI.


Wittgenstein; aesthetics; mathematics; method; philosophy

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