Wittgenstein on Simile as the “Best Thing” in Philosophy1
Version of Record online: 13 JUL 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 127–137, April 2012
How to Cite
Erden, Y. J. (2012), Wittgenstein on Simile as the “Best Thing” in Philosophy. Philosophical Investigations, 35: 127–137. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9205.2011.01444.x
- Issue online: 20 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 13 JUL 2011
In a remark written sometime between 1933 and 1943, Wittgenstein suggests that philosophy ought really to be written as one “writes a poem.” Around this time he also talks of simile as the “best thing” in philosophy. In this paper I consider what it would mean to take such claims seriously. Through examining newly discovered material from the (unpublished) Skinner manuscripts (MSS), I offer an analysis of Wittgenstein's approach to literary techniques (broadly conceived) and see how this impacts on his conception of philosophy.