Dogma - Vi är alla stygga barn
Dogma: We are All Wicked ChildrenThis paper discusses the question of dogmatism in relation to Wittgensteins philosophy. I argue that Wittgensteins philosophy is both a break from, yet dependent upon, the analytical philosophical tradition. If this fact is not acknowledged one runs the risk of appropriating Wittgensteins philosophy dogmatically.
Glocks reading of Wittgenstein is employed to show the mistake in reading Wittgenstein as if he worked entirely within the analytic philosophical tradition. Such readings generally attribute theses to Wittgenstein in direct contrast to his own intentions and they tend to disregard or misrepresent Wittgensteins deeply critical attitude towards the «scientific spirit» of the age.
It is also argued that a reading that focuses solely on Wittgensteins more methodologically oriented remarks runs the risk of misrepresenting them, if they are disconnected from the particular philosophical problems that they are internally connected to.
Finally, it is argued that the struggle against dogmatism is a constant struggle. Dogmatism is, in Wittgensteins conception of it, not something that can be fully avoided since dogmatism is inherent in the philosophical desire itself. Dogmatism in philosophy is not merely dogmatism in academic philosophy but comes together with a very natural desire to establish one fixed meaning for our words.