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IBRAHIM, Elza  and  VILHENA, Junia. Language games / truth games: from Wittgenstein to Foucault. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.66, n.2, pp. 114-127. ISSN 1809-5267.

This article discusses the constitution of the subject through the truth games and the language games problematized, respectively, by Michel Foucault and Ludwig Wittgenstein, taking as a conducting wire the implications of language in the practices produced in a psychiatric hospital with the human being considered not to be regularly punished. Therefore, we present the objectivist vision of reality and the representational language vision as opposed to the constructivist view of reality and the pragmatic language itself. According to this latter view, the reality is produced by the language through the language games which are historically contextualized. Thus, we are talking about unique subjects. In this context, we bring to the discussion the notion of truth problematized by Foucault as a field of possibilities, who thinks it is so only in the contingency of history that the subject is constituted: as the language, he is the product of multiple social practices.

Keywords : Subject; Language; Truth.

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