Forms of Life: Mapping the Rough Ground

Naomi Scheman

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This chapter addresses the ostensibly Wittgensteinian question of "home" and how our words can intelligibly affect our perception of home and likewise alienate or marginalize others. The perceptions of the "outside in" set-the marginalized-illustrate this privileged marginality by questioning the definition of "we." While he deliberately avoids politicizing his epistemology, Wittgenstein nevertheless asserts that variations on the philosophy of "what we do" exist. Learning how that differs for each person is crucial in creating the sense of home (community) that everyone needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShifting Ground
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge and Reality, Transgression and Trustworthiness
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267483
ISBN (Print)9780195395112
StatePublished - May 27 2015


  • Community
  • Epistemology
  • Perception of home
  • Privileged marginality
  • Wittgenstein


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