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Wittgenstein’s Beetle in the Box Analogy

Updated Thursday 16th July 2015

This animation looks at Wittgenstein's thinking that problems were caused by a 'bewitchment of language'.

How can you know that what one person experiences is the same as anyone else? Such questions have troubled philosophers for centuries, but Wittgenstein thought that most of these tough problems were caused by nothing more than a "bewitchment by language". He didn't claim to be able to solve them; rather, he invented a method which he thought of as a kind of philosophical therapy that would cause the problems to melt away.

 

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