Marshall, Liam

Project title: Objectivity and the Purpose of Philosophy in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations

Department: Philosophy

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Patrick Rysiew

"In his Philosophical Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein presents a powerful critique of several traditional philosophical positions which have guided the discipline of philosophy from the time of Plato to the current day. In particular, this project will focus on his critique of a traditional conception of objectivity, and the extent to which a particular image of objectivity leads us into philosophical confusion. Some have described Wittgenstein’s work as “anti-philosophical,” or seeking to bring about the end of philosophy. However, through an exploration of his views on objectivity, this project will suggest that instead of ending philosophy entirely, Wittgenstein’s work should be understood as laying the foundations for an entirely new understanding of philosophy’s aims and its role in our lives."