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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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Autobiographical Consciousness

Autobiographical Consciousness

(p.15) 1 Autobiographical Consciousness
Describing Ourselves

Garry L. Hagberg (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers the early influence on Wittgenstein's thought concerning selfhood of Schopenhauer. It details the picture of philosophical solipsism and the grammar of the ‘I’, what Wittgenstein called ‘the inner picture’ and its metaphysical presuppositions concerning privacy, and the value of turning to cases to see how the concept of privacy actually functions. Cases from Rousseau, Frederick Douglass, Jane Addams, Ellen Glasgow, Siegfried Sassoon, and others, as adapted from philosophically helpful discussions by Jill Kerr Conway are given. Genuine versus philosophically-misled wonder concerning what is going on behind a facial expression is discussed.

Keywords:   Schopenhauer, Wittgenstein, solipsism, I, first-person pronoun, inner picture, facial expressions, Jill Kerr Conway

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