Imagination and Reality in Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy

  • Suzy Harris


This chapter is concerned with the notion of imagination in the work of Wittgenstein beginning with his comments and thoughts on aesthetics : the meaning or use of aesthetic words needs to be understood in the context of ways of living. The centrality of imagination, however, becomes clear later in Philosophical Investigations (PI) and On Certainty (OC); indeed, Wittgenstein’s method depends on imagination. For Wittgenstein, imagination is not limited to the arts, and the later sections consider its importance for education , arguing that imagination is there at the beginning when a child comes into language . Imagination is at the heart of our thought; it extends to all things and is necessary in a child and an adult’s learning .


Imagination Aesthetic judgement Language Play Education 


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  1. 1.University of RoehamptonLondonUK

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