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Social Inquiry After Wittgenstein and KuhnLeaving Everything as It Is$
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John Gunnell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169400

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169400.001.0001

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Conventional Objects, Concepts, & the Practice of Interpretation

Conventional Objects, Concepts, & the Practice of Interpretation

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Social Inquiry After Wittgenstein and Kuhn

John G. Gunnell

Columbia University Press

This chapter deals with Wittgenstein's later discussions of interpretation and post-Investigations elaboration of the thought–language relationship. The posthumous remarks traditionally presented as part two of the Investigations (eventually entitled Philosophical Fragment), as well as Wittgenstein's later work on psychology, are a distinct development of the thematic gist of his earlier transitional work and the Investigations. Issues such as the nature of conventionality and the typology of concepts are also discussed within the context of Wittgenstein's work. The chapter closes with the implications of Wittgenstein's work for defending the autonomy of both social phenomena and the practice of social inquiry.

Keywords:   interpretation, thought–language relationship, Philosophical Fragment, psychology, conventionality, typology of concepts, social phenomena, social inquiry

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