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ERIC Number: ED105418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Pages: 14
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A Philosophy of Reading for Cognitivists: Wittgenstein's View.
Hedley, Carolyn N.
This paper analyzes the reading task, using a conceptual analysis of reading developed by the linguistic philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Eschewing theory and explanation while leading his reader through a series of cases and experiences, Wittgenstein causes the reader-experiencer-viewer to "see" that reading is a word which stands for related behaviors; reading has a single use or meaning in each case. The word reading has meaning only from its use in a social context. It is a word for a "family of cases." Ultimately, reading in all of its uses and contexts is a form of behavior. Each case of usage is important, but each remains singular in its application depending upon the use and condition in which the word reading is used. This form of conceptual analysis can provide clarity and direction to researchers in the field of reading. The present concerns of cognitive psychologists--the reduction of uncertainty, the preoccupation with redundancies and regularities of language, and the optimization of attention in searching out the reading target--may gain new dimensions by the conceptual studies of Wittgenstein. (Author)
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