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Conventional Realism and Political InquiryChanneling Wittgenstein$
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John G. Gunnell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226661278

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226661308.001.0001

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Presentation and Representation in Social Inquiry

Presentation and Representation in Social Inquiry

(p.114) 6 Presentation and Representation in Social Inquiry
Conventional Realism and Political Inquiry

John G. Gunnell

University of Chicago Press

This chapter defends a distinction between the concepts of presentation and representation, which is important both to an argument for conventional realism and for understanding the difference between natural and social inquiry. While social inquiry is basically a representational and interpretive activity, natural science is presentational, even though each shares a form of the other. When speaking of representation in this chapter, it should not be confused with as representational philosophy. The difference between representation and presentation is explored through an interpretation of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and by an analysis of the persistence of this distinction in his later work.

Keywords:   presentation, representation, social inquiry, Tractatus, Wittgenstein

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