Wittgenstein's Private Language Grammar, Nonsense and Imagination in Philosophical Investigations, �� 243-315

ISBN-10: 0199556741

ISBN-13: 9780199556748

Edition: 2008

Authors: Stephen Mulhall
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Description: Stephen Mulhall presents a detailed critical commentary on sections 243-315 of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: the famous remarks on 'private language'. In so doing, he makes detailed use of Stanley Cavell's interpretations of these remarks; and relates disputes about how to interpret this aspect of Wittgenstein's later philosophy to a recent, highly influential controversy about how to interpret Wittgenstein's early text, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, by drawing and testing out a distinction between resolute and substantial understandings of the related notions of grammar, nonsense and the imagination. The book is concerned throughout to elucidate Wittgenstein's philosophical method, and to establish the importance of the form or style of his writing to the proper application of this method.

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List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Robert sean Wilentz was born in 1951 in New York City. He earned his first B.A. from Colunbia University in 1972 and his second from Oxford University in 1974 on a Kellett Fellowship. He continued his education at Yale University where he earned his M.A. degree in 1975 and his PhD. in 1980. His writings are focused on the importance of class and race in the early national period. He has also co-authored books on nineteenth-century religion and working class life. His book The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, won the Bancroft Prize. He has also written about modern U.S. history in his book, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008. He has been the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University since 1979. Robert Wilentz is also a contributing editor at The New Republic. He writes on music, the arts, history and politics. He received a Grammy nomination and a 2005 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary on the musician Bob Dylan.

Introduction: Wittgenstein's Aesthetics of Austerity
Wittgenstein's Monologuists (section 243)
A Child is Crying (sections 244-5)
Wittgenstein's Cloud: Of Unknowing (section 246)
Privacy, Patience and Pictures: First Methodological Interlude (sections 248, 251-2)
Cavell's Corsican Brothers (section 253)
Wittgenstein's Semi-Colon: Second Methodological Interlude (sect 255)
Wittgenstein's Diarist: Three Readings (section 258)
Excursus: Cavell's Mezuzah
Wittgenstein's Gift (Of Grammatical Imagination): Pots and Dolls, Stones and Flies (sections 268-9)
The Human Manometer (section 270) Coda: Wittgenstein's Beetle (section 293)
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