Wittgensteinian Exercises

Aesthetic and Ethical Transformations


Lucilla Guidi
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This volume explores and expands a Wittgensteinian account of philosophy as an ongoing practice and exercise. It investigates the simultaneously aesthetic and ethical dimension of philosophical exercises, so as to uncover their transformative potential for and within ordinary practice, conceived of as a weave of trained, embodied habits. For this purpose, the volume focuses on three intertwined aspects:
1. It examines the aesthetic form of Wittgenstein’s texts, so as to consider the use of pictures, comparisons, and instructions as exercises to be enacted by readers, and further analyzes the transformative effects – both aesthetic and ethical – that such exercises bring out.
2. It draws a number of connections between Wittgenstein’s philosophical exercises and particular aesthetic practices.
3. It sheds light on continuities and discontinuities between Wittgenstein’s account of philosophy and the ancient conception of philosophy as an exercise and a way of life.

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Lucilla Guidi earned her Ph.D in Philosophy in cotutelle between Italy and Germany. She was a Postdoc Researcher at the Technical University of Dresden and Visiting Scholar at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She is currently a Postdoc Researcher within the DFG Research Training Group 2477 "Aesthetic Practice" at the University of Hildesheim. Her research interests are phenomenology, performativity, and Wittgenstein’s philosophical practice.
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