Wittgenstein Workshop - "Expectation and its fulfilment make contact"

Our "Wittgenstein Workshops" constitute by far the longest-running thematic series in the Chicago Philosophy Meetup. The staying power of this format owes much to Wittgenstein's ability to "start over" - and to force his readers to start over - again and again attending to the same everyday but fascinatingly elusive issues. Seldom does a philosopher so thoroughly combine rigor with accessibility.

The Workshop format features a balance of close live reading and extended discussion. Tonight we'll start with remark 442 in the Philosophical Investigations, and proceed forward at no particular rate. Among the topics in this part of the text is the anticipatory quality of language - the forward-looking character of our conceptual thinking. In what sense we can be said to think of, and refer to, states of affairs that have not yet arisen points toward some of the deepest problems in ontology.

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  • joe

    New attempt at point I tried to make at meet.
    One might be able to list all of a person's linguistic utterances. However, that is not the same as issuing a complete description of them, and I advocate that the latter is impossible. A description employs terms that have some generality in regard to the items listed. I advocate that no such generality will be completely successful over the speech of a single person. I think this amounts to advocating that no language game will be found/invented that successfully copes with this enterprise.

    November 15, 2013

  • Michael A.

    I'm very new to this-I've signed up for the Wittgenstein workshop. Hope this is for me and I can participate. Thanks. Michael

    November 14, 2013

  • arun

    Hello Organizers, Could I join this meeting even If hadn't done this before? Thank you

    November 11, 2013

    • Brian

      No barrier to entry. No holds barred:)

      November 13, 2013

    • Nathan T.

      Gotcha, thanks Brian.

      November 13, 2013

  • Nicholas S.

    I just joined the group a moment ago and I was wondering what the format of these meetings was. I am new to philosophy as well.

    November 12, 2013

    • Thrashionalist

      The meetings in general, or the Wittgenstein meetings in particular? Generally we have a very informal, flexible approach to conversation - and try to harmonize that with varying demands of intensity and carefulness. The Wittgenstein meetups are distinguished by intermittent close reading of a base-text, done cooperatively.

      November 13, 2013

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