Abstract

I demonstrate that analogies, both explicit and implicit, between Wittgenstein's discussion of rituals, aesthetics, and psychoanalysis (and, indeed, his own philosophical methodology) suggest that he entertained the idea that Freud's psychoanalytic project, when understood correctly—that is, as a descriptive project rather than an explanatory-hypothetical one—provides a “surveyable representation” (übersichtliche Darstellung) of certain psychological facts (as opposed to psychological concepts). The consequences of this account are that it offers an explanation of Wittgenstein's admiration for and self-perceived affinity to Freud, as well as of his apparent “know-nothing approach” to empirical psychology.

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