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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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Rethinking Self‐Interpretation

Rethinking Self‐Interpretation

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(p.223) 7 Rethinking Self‐Interpretation
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Describing Ourselves
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Garry L. Hagberg (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234226.003.0008

This chapter discusses autobiographical memory and the pictures of the mind (e.g., as a repository of ideas) it can promote. It also details the long-engrained picture of the theatre of consciousness, the metaphor of objects before the mind and Donald Davidson's critique of this, and the empirical conception of the experiential content of first-person memory. The chapter also analyses Wittgenstein's efforts to break the spell of that empiricist conception, Wittgenstein's very different way of understanding a ‘descent into ourselves’, philosophy as conceptual therapy, the philosophical value of the turn to particular cases, Wittgenstein's conception of philosophy and philosophical progress, and Stanley Cavell's extension of this tradition.

Keywords:   autobiographical memory, theatre of consciousness, Donald Davidson, experiential content, philosophy as therapy, Wittgenstein, Stanley Cavell, philosophical method

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