Wittgensteinian Pedagogics: Cavell on the Figure of the Child in the Investigations
Author: Peters, M.
Source: Studies in Philosophy and Education, Volume 20, Number 2, March 2001 , pp. 125-138(14)
Abstract:This paper discusses Stanley Cavell's approach to the Investigations, focusing upon his essay – `Notes and Afterthoughts on the Opening of Wittgenstein's Investigations'. First, the paper investigates the ways in which Cavell makes central the figure and `voice' of the child to his reading of the opening of the Investigations. Second, it argues that Cavell's Notes provides a basis for a Wittgensteinian pedagogics, for not only does it hold up the figure of the child as central to the Investigations but it does so in a philosophical style that, though distinctively Cavell's own, comes closest to the spirit of philosophizing in Wittgenstein's sense. Third, the paper concludes by discussing the complex vocal and figural structure of the Investigations which serves to highlight different aspects of the figure of the child and the child's `voice'.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: School of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Publication date: 2001-03-01