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Wittgenstein and Political Theory

The View from Somewhere

Christopher C. Robinson

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Provides an orientation and an array of conceptual & critical tools for scholars theorising political life today

Christopher Robinson connects Wittgenstein's philosophy to strategies for achieving political vision in this age where politics has been replaced by bureaucracy as the predominant form of public order, and now takes the form of dissent.

In particular, Wittgenstein's remarks on perception are brought to bear on theory's historical and etymological roots in clear seeing. This frees the theorist to explore the city of language and sheds fresh light on political concepts such as liberty, dignity, dissent, and ideology.

This book is designed to be read by graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are interested in both

Key Features

  • Presents a clear exposition of Wittgenstein's philosophy, including his remarks on perception
  • Carefully describes the terrain of contemporary political theory
  • Introduces a tradition of political theory that counters the epic tradition


Introduction: Wittgenstein and the Scene of Contemporary Political Theory
1. Theorizing as a Lived Experience: A Wittgensteinian Investigation
2. Wittgenstein's Philosophy After the Disaster
3. Wittgenstein and Citizenship: Reading Socrates in Tehran
4. Why Wittgenstein Is Not Conservative: Conventions and Critique
5. Aspect Blindness in Religion, Philosophy, and Law: The Force of Wittgenstein Reading
6. Seeing As It Happens: Theorizing Politics Through The Eyes of Wittgenstein
7. Bare Life: Comedy, Trust, and Language in Wittgenstein and Beckett
Conclusion: The Personal Is The Theoretical

About the Author

Christopher C. Robinson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clarkson University, New York.