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Describing OurselvesWittgenstein and Autobiographical Consciousness$
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Garry Hagberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234226.001.0001

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Introduction: Confronting the Cartesian Legacy

Introduction: Confronting the Cartesian Legacy

(p.1) Introduction: Confronting the Cartesian Legacy
Describing Ourselves

Garry L. Hagberg (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an introductory overview of the book, emphasizing: (1) the misleading power that the simplifying conceptual templates that Wittgenstein called ‘pictures’ have exerted on our thinking about the self and particularly the language of self-description; and (2) the value, of a distinctly non-theory-building kind, of Wittgenstein's therapeutic conceptual clarifications for problems of self-reference and self-description.

Keywords:   Wittgenstein, pictures, philosophical therapy, conceptual templates, self, self-description

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