Wittgenstein, Learning and the Expressive Formation of Emotions

Chapter

Abstract

The topic of this chapter is Wittgenstein’s view on the learning of emotional concepts. The concept of learning, however, covers a motley of processes, and we should resist the impulse to force them all into a single mold or two. Hence, the modest aim here is to explore only some of the characteristic ways in which we learn emotions . It is not meant to be complete, nor to provide much depth or detail, but seeks to introduce at least some of the elements in a perspicuous representation of the logical grammar of emotion learning. On many readings of Wittgenstein , his philosophy has most to teach us about practical learning, since he is centrally concerned with knowing-how, tacit knowledge, and practical mastery. Here, however, we emphasize Wittgenstein’s comparison between learning how to recognize emotional patterns and learning how to distinguish styles of music . The leading idea will be that the education of the self is constituted by an interplay between taking a first person perspective and a third person perspective on oneself.

Keywords

Wittgenstein Learning Emotion Expression First person authority 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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