Wittgenstein’s Metaphors and His Pedagogical Philosophy



This chapter explores Wittgenstein’s use of metaphors throughout his work, but especially in his later work. I argue that metaphors serve an essential function in language , and that Wittgenstein relies on metaphors to explain some of his most basic ideas. Many of these metaphors refer to tools, and this indicates a growing pragmatism in his view of language . Finally, these metaphorical accounts highlight the central role of learning in his later work.


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  1. 1.Department of Educational Policy, Organization and LeadershipUniversity of Illinois, Urbana ChampaignChampaignUSA

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