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Wittgenstein analysis of Nabokov's Lolita

In the second part of the Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein wrote:

If anyone believes that certain concepts are absolutely the correct ones, and that having different ones would mean not realizing something that we realize - then let him imagine certain very general facts of nature to be different from what we are used to, and the formation of concepts different from the usual ones will become intelligible to him.

As this quote implies, Wittgenstein accepted all different points of view as being "correct." Rather than seeking a singular "truth" regarding the use of language, Wittgenstein claimed that there are many different possible "language-games" that people can play. As in the case of games, each language has its own particular set of rules and objectives. In the analysis of language, Wittgenstein advocated using the metaphor of games, in which "a given move can be judged only according to the rules of the game to which it belongs."

In developing his approach to language analysis, Wittgenstein did not seek to create a single, rigid theory which can be applied to all general cases. Rather, his system provides a flexible guide for the analysis of the various possible rules in language-games. As noted by Timothy Binkley in his text Wittgenstein's Language, the question in language analysis is not whether a particular expres


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