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Wittgenstein on Mind and Language

ISBN-10: 0195111478

ISBN-13: 9780195111477

Edition: 1997 (Reprint)

Authors: David G. Stern

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Drawing on ten years of research on the unpublished Wittgenstein papers, Stern investigates what motivated Wittgenstein's philosophical writing and casts new light on the Tratacus and Philosophical Investigations. The book is an exposition of Wittgenstein's early conception of the nature of representation and how his later revision and criticism of that work led to a radically different way of looking at mind and language. It also explains how the unpublished manuscripts and typescripts were put together and why they often provide better evidence of the development of his ideas than can be found in his published writing. In doing so, the book traces the development of a number of central themes in Wittgenstein's philosophy, including his conception of philosophical method, the picture theory of meaning, the limits of language, the application of language to experience, his treatment of private language, and what he called the "flow of life." Arguing that Wittgenstein's views are often much more simple (and more radical) than we have been led to believe, Wittgenstein on Mind and Language provides an overview of the development of Wittgenstein's philosophy and brings to light aspects of his philosophy that have been almost universally neglected.
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Book details

List price: $73.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/29/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

David G. Stern is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Iowa.

Introduction
The Wittgenstein Papers
The Development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy
Wittgenstein's Methods
Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy
Logic and Language
The Picture Theory
The Limits of Language
Showing and Saying
Subject and Object
Logical Atomism
Analysis in the Tractatus
The Application of Language
The Subjects of the Tractatus
Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy
From Logical Atomism to Practical Holism
Wittgenstein's Later Writing
Logical Form and Logical Holism
Insight, Decision, and Practice
From Logical Holism to Practical Holism
The Description of Immediate Experience
Philosophical Analysis and Primary Language
Wittgenstein's Rejection of Primary Language
The Magic Lantern Simile: Inside and Outside the Picture Theory
The World as Idea
The Flow of Life
Why Language Cannot Say That "All Is in Flux,"
Leading Words Back from Their Metaphysical Use
Wittgenstein's Treatment of Private Language
"Words Only Have Meaning in the Flow of Life,"
Passages from the Unpublished Wittgenstein Papers (Nachlass)
Bibliography
Index
Index of Quotations