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18:00 - 19:30 14 November 2012

Madness and Rules: A Case for Wittgenstein


Room 544, 5th Floor | (link Map)
1-19 Torrington Place | London | WC1E 7HB |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Ramón del Castillo, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain

This talk explores Wittgenstein’s philosophy of psychology through exploring his work on comedy, tragedy, jokes and humour, showing the connection between his understanding of these and his conception of philosophy. Wittgenstein one said that a serious and philosophical work could be written that would consist entirely of jokes. His philosophical work was serious and included some jokes. However he was not a good joker, and his perception of social life was as limited as his sense of humour. It argues that Wittgenstein’s later ideas on rules and language-games are better understood if we think in terms of different types of jokes. It explains the diverse types of what Wittgenstein called “gramatical jokes” (from the logical ones to the performative ones), and also indicates the relevance of certain types of humour in illuminating the background of linguistic games (using examples from sports and social acts).


Professor Sonu Shamdasani
0207 679 1257 | s.shamdasani@ucl.ac.uk


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