By Michael Kober
This quantity is of curiosity for an individual who goals at figuring out the so-called 'later' or 'mature' Wittgenstein. Its contributions, written by means of top German-speaking Wittgenstein-scholars like Hans Sluga, Hans-Johann Glock, Joachim Schulte, Eike von Savigny, and others, supply deeper insights to probably good mentioned issues, equivalent to kinfolk resemblance, ?bersicht (perspicuous representation), faith, or grammar, or they clarify in an eye-opening model hitherto enigmatic expressions of Wittgenstein, comparable to 'The pneumatic notion of concept' (PI §109), 'A mathematical facts has to be surveyable' (RFM III §1), or 'On this a curious comment by means of H. Newman' (OC §1).
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There may, for instance, be terms in which the kinship element dominates and others where the similarity element is most prominent. Nietzsche seems to have had some such complex formation in mind when he spoke of the family resemblance of Indian, Greek, and German philosophizing in Beyond Good and Evil. He certainly meant to 17 indicate that these diﬀerent traditions exhibit overlapping and criss-crossing similarities. But he also wanted to say that their aﬃnity was due to a common descent. 5. Wittgenstein did not concern himself with such niceties — neither in The Blue Book nor in the Philosophical Investigations.
Is not a dream very diﬀerent from its later interpretation? After all, when I dream I am asleep, whereas when I am interpreting I am awake and doing very diﬀerent things. Why does the dreamer not just remember the dream when he interprets it? I think 31 Wittgenstein wants to stress, ﬁrstly, the constitutive relation between dream and interpretation. While remembering usually means representing or reproducing something which was meaningful independently of being remembered, a dream only becomes meaningful by interpreting it.
Similar to Freud’s cyclic time of Nachträglichkeit, Wittgenstein also uses the metaphor of a circular movement for the retroactive constitution of the rule out of behavioral regularities (cf. RFM VI §§7–8, and my comment in Puhl 2004, 163). 8 Why this response, this involvement, this not being able to keep a detached attitude? Wittgenstein reacts by making perspicuous connections and similarities between our practices and the foreign ones. He calls attention to practices we already understand and ﬁnd unproblematic and which are related to the ones we are puzzled about.