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Wittgenstein on Mind and Language - David G. Stern

Wittgenstein on Mind and Language

Hardcover Published: 19th January 1995
ISBN: 9780195080001
Number Of Pages: 240

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Drawing on ten years of research on the unpublished Wittgenstein papers, Stern investigates what motivated Wittgenstein's philosophical writing and casts new light on the Tractatus and Philosophical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 It also explains how the unpublished manuscripts and typescripts were put together and why they often provide better evidence of the development of his ideas than can be found in his published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.

"A useful study....Clearly written and persuasively argued, this book is highly recommended."--Choice "An original and fascinating account of the way in which Wittgenstein worked and of the development of his ideas. David Stern's mastery of the unpublished writings has made it possible for him to identify hitherto neglected connections of thought."--David Pears, Oxford University "A revolution has been taking place in Wittgenstein studies in the last several years in that the significance of his notebooks and other previously unpublished primary materials for the understanding of his philosophy has slowly been realized and acted on. David Stern is keenly aware of this development, and his book is an important step in implementing it. As a consequence, no matter whether one ultimately agrees with his interpretations, one receives from his book a much more vivid picture of how Wittgenstein's philosophical mind worked than from virtually and other exposition of Wittgenstein's thought."--Jaakko Hintikka, Boston University "I know of no other work that better combines both philosophical and literary techniques to the analysis of Wittgenstein's writings."--Robert Fogelin, Dartmouth College "This book is a lucid and engaging account of Wittgenstein's thought....Stern's secrets are diligence, clarity, and impeccable scholarship....Stern gives you a book to make one of the most compelling and unique philosophers your own."--The Toronto Globe and Mail "A useful study....Clearly written and persuasively argued, this book is highly recommended."--Choice "An original and fascinating account of the way in which Wittgenstein worked and of the development of his ideas. David Stern's mastery of the unpublished writings has made it possible for him to identify hitherto neglected connections of thought."--David Pears, Oxford University "A revolution has been taking place in Wittgenstein studies in the last several years in that the significance of his notebooks and other previously unpublished primary materials for the understanding of his philosophy has slowly been realized and acted on. David Stern is keenly aware of this development, and his book is an important step in implementing it. As a consequence, no matter whether one ultimately agrees with his interpretations, one receives from his book a much more vivid picture of how Wittgenstein's philosophical mind worked than from virtually and other exposition of Wittgenstein's thought."--Jaakko Hintikka, Boston University "I know of no other work that better combines both philosophical and literary techniques to the analysis of Wittgenstein's writings."--Robert Fogelin, Dartmouth College "This book is a lucid and engaging account of Wittgenstein's thought....Stern's secrets are diligence, clarity, and impeccable scholarship....Stern gives you a book to make one of the most compelling and unique philosophers your own."--The Toronto Globe and Mail "David Stern's book provides a clear and on the whole persuasive analysis of Wittgenstein's philosophical development....Should become standard reading for all Wittgenstein scholars."--Philosophical Investigations

Introductionp. 3
The Wittgenstein Papersp. 3
The Development of Wittgenstein's Philosophyp. 7
Wittgenstein's Methodsp. 14
Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy
Logic and Languagep. 35
The Picture Theoryp. 35
The Limits of Languagep. 43
Showing and Sayingp. 47
Subject and Objectp. 53
Logical Atomismp. 53
Analysis in the Tractatusp. 60
The Application of Languagep. 65
The Subjects of the Tractatusp. 69
Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy
From Logical Atomism to Practical Holismp. 91
Wittgenstein's Later Writingp. 91
Logical Form and Logical Holismp. 98
Insight, Decision, and Practicep. 110
From Logical Holism to Practical Holismp. 120
The Description of Immediate Experiencep. 128
Philosophical Analysis and Primary Languagep. 128
Wittgenstein's Rejection of Primary Languagep. 136
The Magic Lantern Simile: Inside and Outside the Picture Theoryp. 140
The World as Ideap. 153
The Flow of Lifep. 160
Why Language Cannot Say That "All Is in Flux,"p. 160
Leading Words Back from Their Metaphysical Usep. 167
Wittgenstein's Treatment of Private Languagep. 175
"Words Only Have Meaning in the Flow of Life,"p. 186
Passages from the Unpublished Wittgenstein Papers (Nachlass)p. 193
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 211
Index of Quotationsp. 223
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ISBN: 9780195080001
ISBN-10: 0195080009
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 19th January 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.57