In a frequently quoted remark from Philosophical Investigations. Wittgenstein comments on our overlooking things because they are familiar, or right in front of us every day: "One is unable to notice something-because it is always before one's eyes" (§129). We take these things for granted instead of appreciating their strangeness. For readers of this journal, one of these familiar things might be the very project of drawing on philosophy while discussing works of literature. Not every critic does this; the New Critics, for instance, hardly ever did. From a certain point of view, turning to philosophy feels forced or odd, in need of explanation and defense.
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Johns Hopkins University Press
Fischer, M. (1997). Wittgenstein's ladder: Poetic language and the strangeness of the ordinary [Review of the book Wittgenstein's ladder: Poetic language and the strangeness of the ordinary by M. Perloff]. Philosophy and Literature, 21(2), 489-491. doi: 10.1353/phl.1997.0035
Philosophy and Literature