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The such a lot whole variation but released of Wittgenstein’s 1929 lecture features a never-before released first draft and makes clean claims for its importance in Wittgenstein’s oeuvre.

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  • Includes a formerly unrecognized first draft of the lecture and new transcriptions of all drafts
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Socrates’s teaching, Levinas suggests, means: ‘To receive nothing of the Other but what is in me’ (TI, p. 43). In order to consider how this view of teaching is radically different from Socratic maieutics, it is worth considering what is meant by the Socratic method. In the Theaetetus, Socrates claims that he is a midwife (Theaetetus 184b), who can deliver thoughts through his maieutic art. It is the respondent who actually gives birth to the idea, with Socrates as facilitator of the delivery. The method of this delivery is the elenchos: the process of cross-examination and testing of opinions to disperse the clouding of the mind by false opinions and produce uncertainty and thence the desire to know.

What is significant is not the idea that the child learns the word ‘raspberry’, or the concept ‘raspberry’ through the mother’s actions, but rather that through the ‘giving’, through the mother’s actions in addressing the child and looking for her response, raspberries can appear as raspberries in her world, or, in other words, the phenomenon of raspberries comes to the child. The child may be only at an early stage in developing language, but as the mother looks for the child’s response to her physical offering, the child is already subjected to the address of the Other with which subjectivity begins.

98). It is only through the revelation of the Other that the world can be oriented in experience and take on signification. The address of the Other is the absolute upon which all meaning depends and the site of meaning is also the site of teaching, for to receive a meaning is to be taught: ‘To have meaning is to be situated relative to an absolute, that is, to come from that alterity that is not absorbed in its being perceived… To have meaning is to teach or to be taught, to speak or to be able to be stated’ (p.

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