Showing and Doing: Wittgenstein as a Pedagogical Philosopher

Michael A Peters, Nicholas C Burbules, Paul Smeyers

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook


Three prominent Wittgenstein scholars introduce the broad educational significance of Ludwig Wittgenstein's work to a wider audience of educational researchers and practitioners through provocative, innovative, and playful readings of his work. They vividly demonstrate the influence of his thinking and its centrality to understanding our contemporary condition. Wittgenstein fundamentally shaped contemporary theories of language, representation, cognition, and learning. The book also traces the "pedagogical turn" of his thinking during the period from 1920 to 1926. What is most radical about Wittgenstein's later work is that it suggests learning and initiation into practices are fundamental to understanding his philosophy. The book not only provides a new and fresh interpretation of Wittgenstein's thought but also explores a new way of thinking about education as a way of revealing the educational dimension of philosophical problems.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages244
ISBN (Electronic)9781315632148
ISBN (Print)9781594514487, 9781594514494
StatePublished - Mar 30 2008


Dive into the research topics of 'Showing and Doing: Wittgenstein as a Pedagogical Philosopher'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this