BWS Occasional Lecture: Problems of Expression in the later Wittgenstein - Michael Campbell
April 22 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Problems of Expression in the later Wittgenstein
The concept of ‘expression’ recurs throughout the Philosophical Investigations. The expressive is important in part because it seems to straddle the categories of the logical and the psychological. These concerns meet in Wittgenstein’s discussion of Moore’s Paradox, where an expression of a state of mind and a description of the world collide. In this talk I will consider some of the points at which Wittgenstein finds problems in the category of the expressive, and will reflect on what philosophical lessons we might learn from them.
Michael Campbell is a Research Fellow in The Centre for Ethics at the University of Pardubice. He works at the intersection between theoretical and engaged ethics, with particular focus on conceptions of human nature and their role in moral thought. His articles have appeared in journals including the Journal of Value Inquiry, Asian Bioethics Review, Philosophical Investigations and the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. He is co-editor of Wittgenstein and Perception (Routledge, 2015) and Ethics Society and Politics: Themes from the Philosophy of Peter Winch (Springer, 2020).