Philosophy, Spoken Word, Written Text and Beyond

Vaclav Brezina

Abstract



The article considers three forms of philosophical discourse – spoken word, written
text and hypertext. It discusses briefly the objections by Plato as well as
Wittgenstein’s remark in the Preface of Philosophical Investigations about the
obstacle in presenting his ideas by means of the linear text. The appropriateness of
the traditional linear text for works of philosophy is then put into question and the
possibility of employing new technologies, in particular hypertext, is discussed.
Furthermore, hypertext as a theoretical concept is considered with respect to
Wittgenstein’s Investigations.

Keywords


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; hypertext; function; remark; form; philosophical text; message

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