Biography and theory reconsidered: second Wittgensteinian thoughts

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2009 Number 67

Biography and theory reconsidered: second Wittgensteinian thoughts
Ray Monk pages -


This article offers further reflection on Monk’s argument that biography offers, or should offer if done properly, a paradigm example of Wittgenstein’s notion of ‘the understanding that consists in seeing connections’. Monk regards seeing connections in this way as untheoretical. Here he extends his discussion of the definition of ‘theory’ and questions its usefulness in relation to the understanding and practice of biography.

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