Wittgenstein’s Metaphors and His Pedagogical Philosophy

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This chapter explores Wittgenstein’s use of metaphors throughout his work, but especially in his later work. I argue that metaphors serve an essential function in language , and that Wittgenstein relies on metaphors to explain some of his most basic ideas. Many of these metaphors refer to tools, and this indicates a growing pragmatism in his view of language . Finally, these metaphorical accounts highlight the central role of learning in his later work.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Wittgenstein on Education
EditorsMichael A. Peters, Jeff Stickney
PublisherSpringer Singapore
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-10-3136-6
ISBN (Print)978-981-10-3134-2
StatePublished - May 4 2017


  • Wittgenstein
  • language
  • metaphor
  • pragmatism

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