L. Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Psychology: Seeing Aspects
This is the second of a series of three articles dedication to a discussion of Wittgenstein’s philosophy of psychology. Based on insights of Wittgensteinian scholars, it demonstrates how – starting with a critique of gestaltpsychology which was discussed in the first article – one arrives at the idea of a direct experience unmediated by hypothesis or theory. The article discusses the Wittgensteinian notions of seeing aspects and aspect blindness, the distinction between seeing and interpreting and demonstrates the gestalpsycho- logical explanations or those akin to them lack the essential power to experience meaning directly. To this lack Wittgenstein opposed the “self-showing” logic of language games.
Key Words: experience of meaning, gestalpsychology, köhler, philosophy of psychology, seeing aspects, Wittgenstein