This book is a collection of essays motivated by a ‘cultural’ reading of Wittgenstein. It includes some new essays and some that were originally published in Educational Philosophy and Theory. It includes a distinctive view on the ethics of reading Wittgenstein and the ethics of suicide that shaped him. It also examines the reception and engagement with Wittgenstein’s work in French philosophy with a chapter on post-analytic philosophy of education as a choice between Richard Rorty and Jean-Francois Lyotard. Peters examines Wittgenstein’s academic life at Cambridge University and his involvement as a student and faculty member in the Moral Sciences Club. Finally, the book provides an understanding of Wittgenstein styles of reasoning and the concept of worldview. Is it possible to escape the picture than holds us captive? This constitutes a challenging introduction to Wittgenstein’s work for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of education and philosophy.
1. Introduction: Truth, Value and the Philosopher as Cultural Physician
2. Wittgenstein, Lyotard and the Philosophy of Technoscience
3. The ethics of reading Wittgenstein
4. Wittgenstein as Exile: A philosophical topography
5. Wittgenstein and the ethics of suicide. Homosexuality and Jewish self-hatred in fin de siècle Vienna
6. Wittgenstein and post‐analytic philosophy of education: Rorty or Lyotard?
7. Wittgenstein at Cambridge: Philosophy as a way of life (Michael A. Peters and Jeff Stickney)
8. ‘A picture holds us captive’: Wittgenstein and the German tradition of Weltanschuung
9. Philosophy as Pedagogy: Wittgenstein’s Styles of Thinking
10. Kinds of Thinking, Styles of Reasoning