Title

DEFENDING A PURE BIOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION OF "FORM OF LIFE" IN THE PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

In this paper, I defend the currently unpopular view that we ought to interpret "form of life" in Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations simply as "biologically similar." My defense takes place in two parts. First, in sections I and II, I attempt to recast the problem and provide criteria for a successful solution. Second, in sections III and IV, I provide both a philosophical and a textual defense of a pure biological interpretation.

Journal

Analysis and Metaphysics

Volume

6

First Page

431

Last Page

451