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Inner and outer, psychology, and Wittgenstein’s painted curtain

01 June 2022, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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In this webinar, Paul Standish will show why and how psychology and psychotherapy can be strengthened through more careful attention to Wittgenstein's criticism.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Judith Suissa

To register for this webinar, please email j.suissa@ucl.ac.uk before the event to receive joining instructions.

Much thinking in psychology and psychotherapy is in the grip of a conception of inner-outer relationships that distorts the reality of our lives and world. 

In the last years of his life especially, Wittgenstein battled against this. In the course of his criticism, he developed vivid images that challenge this picture, revealing its limitations and opening the way to better understanding. 

Although 70 years have passed since Wittgenstein died, it remains the case that psychology and psychotherapy can be strengthened through more careful attention to his criticism. The present discussion endeavours to show why and how this is so.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in philosophy of education, philosophy of psychology and Wittgenstein.

PESGB seminar series

This event is part of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) seminar series. PESGB is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. Its London Branch hosts seminars every Wednesday in conjunction with the Centre for Philosophy of Education. These seminars are led by national and international scholars in the field, covering a wide range of issues of educational and philosophical concern.

All are welcome to attend.

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About the Speaker

Paul Standish

Professor of Philosophy of Education at IOE

Paul is also President of the PESGB. His broadly phenomenological approach to education, with its particular attention to language, draws on extensive experience teaching in schools and colleges, prior to his university career.

He is the author or editor of some twenty books, including 'Stanley Cavell and Philosophy as Translation' (2017, Rowman & Littlefield), co-edited with Naoko Saito, and 'Wittgenstein and Education: On Not Sparing Others the Trouble of Thinking' (2022, Wiley), co-edited with Adrian Skilbeck.

He is Co-Editor and was Editor (2001-2011) of the Journal of Philosophy of Education.

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