Category Archives: Wittgenstein

Old books I would not want to be without

The Daily Create yesterday was bizarre: There are only 3 tweets with this hashtag on Twitter. We found it via @mr45144 and we would love to add some #ds106 love to #OldBooksIDareNotPartWith today. Find a book you dare not part … Continue reading

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Squinting sideways

Sweet is the lore which Nature brings; Our meddling intellect Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:– We murder to dissect. (Wordsworth, The Tables Turned) I often used to feel that doing analytic philosophy was like pulling the legs of a spider … Continue reading

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Wittgenstein and games

I haven’t even been lurking in #clmooc this week – I’ve been away on a cruise to the Faroes and some Scottish Islands on a ship called the Marco Polo (I understand there was some game called Marco Polo played … Continue reading

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Whose rules are they anyway?

I’ve been talking a lot in my various social networks, communities, collectives (whatever the heck we are!) about exactly what #rhizo14 was.  Was it a MOOC? A course? A happening? A party?  Who knows.  At the time it all began we … Continue reading

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Wittgenstein PI

I’m so used to abbreviating Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations  to “PI” now that I’d forgotten how funny it used to seem.  Here’s a cartoon that a friend drew for me when we were undergrads together (she gave me permission to publish it … Continue reading

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Perceived objectivity

You’ve probably seen pictures of that dress – is it black and blue, or gold and white, and what does this say about our perceptual experiences?  But enough about that. There’s another discussion I’ve been having with friends recently, about … Continue reading

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Uncomfortable thoughts

A philosophical problem has the form: “I don’t know my way about”.  Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, § 123 Philosophy makes my head hurt. It’s hard, and it makes me think, and it challenges me to justify my inchoate beliefs when I just … Continue reading

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Walk this way

Critical pedagogy, it is suggested, is an approach that shows, rather than tells.  In a similar vein, Wittgenstein tells us don’t think, but look!1 So am I walking the way I want to walk?  Are students really  well advised to … Continue reading

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Planned Obsolescence

There is a  saying, supposedly Buddhist, that “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”.  This week in #rhizo14 we are looking at the opposite to this  – how should the teacher disappear – how do we empower our learners … Continue reading

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Reading, writing and forgetting

“Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.”  Nietzsche, somewhere I often like to begin my writing with a quotation from a philosopher, and this one is particularly apt for this week’s #rhizo14 topic  Is … Continue reading

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