A poem and its context

Davies, Paul (2008) A poem and its context. Textual Practice, 22 (4). pp. 635-656. ISSN 0950-236X

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Abstract

The article attempts to defend the idea of a poem as a context, on the one hand, against the easy and indeterminate contextualising that characterises a certain philosophical pragmatics (exemplified by Rorty's adaptation of Wittgenstein) and, on the other hand, against the intransigent refusal of context sometimes demanded by literary theory (exemplified by de Man's deconstruction). It offers a close reading of an intriguing parenthetical phrase in Wittgenstein¿s Philosophical Investigations and tries to demonstrate what might follow when we grant that it is uniquely a poem that can fully capture the second sense or use of understanding to which Wittgenstein is alluding.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Paul Davies - Philosophy
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:19
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2012 13:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30788
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