Tuesday 16 October 2012

EAC Research Seminar | Wittgenstein/Ethics

The next EAC Research Seminar will feature a paper by Dr Ben Ware, a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the SALC at Manchester, who will present work in progress from his current book project, prospectively entitled Modernism and the Ethical Turn.


"Seeing the Everyday Otherwise: Vision, Ethics and Utopia in Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations"

Weds 17 October | Samuel Alexander A113 | 5pm


The paper will focus on Part II, section xi of Philosophical Investigations in which Wittgenstein discusses Jastrow's 'duck-rabbit' figure. The two main questions it will explore are the following: First, to what extent can Wittgenstein's interest in seeing - and, more specifically, what he terms 'seeing-as' or 'the "dawning" of an aspect' - be understood as having an ethical point? And second, how might the ethicality of the Investigations be connected with the work's modernist sensibility, especially with its repeated efforts to bring us to see the everyday otherwise?


Dr Daniela Caselli will chair the seminar. Staff and postgraduates from across the School are very welcome indeed; any enquiries can be directed to

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