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Theoretical InquiryLanguage, Linguistics, and Literature$
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Austin E. Quigley

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300101669

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300101669.001.0001

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Wittgenstein: Facticity, Instrumentality, and Theory

Wittgenstein: Facticity, Instrumentality, and Theory

(p.119) Chapter 4 Wittgenstein: Facticity, Instrumentality, and Theory
Theoretical Inquiry

Austin E. Quigley

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein. The key relationship between the general and the particular in theoretical inquiry has been a subject of debate since classical times. The most radical contribution to the debate in modern times has been made by Wittgenstein in the realm of philosophy of language. Pondering the craving for generality and the tendency to slight “the particular case,” Wittgenstein saw the need for some more productive relationship between them that would allow us to take appropriate account of linguistic complexity. This led him to engage several of the issues that have been traced in linguistic and literary theory, notably those involving necessity and novelty, fixity and change, theory and data, theory and theorist, belief and doubt, and conviction and discovery.

Keywords:   linguistic theory, literary theory, Ludwig Wittgenstein, theoretical inquiry

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