David Macarthur

David Macarthur

University of Sydney

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Wittgenstein on Philosophy as Imaginative Exercises

Adelaide Workshop 2017

In this paper I discuss the neglected topic of the role and importance of imaginative “pictures” in Wittgenstein’s conception of thinking. Philosophy for Wittgenstein is not a matter of appealing to reason to argue for theses. It is, rather, an imaginative exercise of discovering the pictures that force our thinking in certain directions, often unawares, and replacing them with better pictures. The aim is not metaphysical truth but intellectual freedom.