chapter  6
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Pain and Space

The Middle Wittgenstein, the Early Merleau-Ponty
WithMihai Ometiță

Merleau-Ponty's call for the reappropriation of the drama which traverses the human body has a specific addressee, who was also Wittgenstein's interlocutor in his preceding remark. In 1929 Wittgenstein began to reconsider the idea of the completeness and the uniformity of logical space. Wittgenstein's concern with spectra of intelligibility pertaining to specific domains of discourse, the concern which culminates with the implosion of logical space in his middle period, dates back to the Tractarian project. The immediate upshot of the middle Wittgenstein's approach to self-ascriptions of pain was the re-consideration of a Tractarian, uniform account of discursive intelligibility in terms of logical space. While dismissing the methodological pretension that common life is answerable to a philosophical doctrine, Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty account for pain localization in a manner which seeks to rehabilitate the common discourse about pain.