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The Visual Field in Russell and Wittgenstein

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Original languageEnglish
JournalPHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS
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E-pub ahead of print10 Apr 2015

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Abstract

Bertrand Russell developed a conception of the nature of the visual field, and of other sensory fields, as part of his project of explaining the construction of the external world. Wittgenstein's remarks on the visual field in the Tractatus are in part a response to Russell. Wittgenstein, against Russell, analyses the visual field in terms of facts rather than objects. Further, his conception of the field is, in a distinctive sense, depsychologised.

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