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The Learner as Teacher

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Abstract

This paper examines Wittgenstein’s pedagogy as a learner–teacher. Having taught elementary school in Austria from 1919 until the mid-1920s, he later lectured at Trinity College, Cambridge, where Norman Malcolm, G.H. von Wright and others described his method as thinking out loud in front of his students and inviting them to co-research with him various topics of philosophical interest. He taught them how to think by personifying thinking and learning which always aimed at greater clarity and insight and he valued writing his thoughts as material for further reflection and communication. Wittgenstein emphasised the importance of seeing things in the right way and identified as a major obstacle to learning the wilful human tendency to want to see things otherwise than as they are. The importance of language, culture and belief as central aspects of learning defined his pedagogical vision which was continually sharpened by teaching others but most of all himself.

Keywords

Ethics God Learner Wittgenstein Writing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyAll Hallows CollegeDublinIreland

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