The idea of the inner is central to our conception of a person and is at the heart of all interaction. But how should we understand this concept, and what do we mean when we wonder what is going on inside our heads? This accessible and non-technical guide to Wittgenstein provides insight into his work in this area and on the problem of the inner.
Using Wittgenstein's recently published writings on the philosophy of psychology, together with unpublished material, Paul Johnston presents a thorough account of a subject that was central to Wittgenstein's later work. He shows that Wittgenstein's arguments involve a radical re-thinking of our understanding of the inner and present a challenge to contemporary views which has yet to be fully appreciated or understood.
"Wittgenstein" demonstrates how a Wittgensteinian approach can dissolve age-old problems about the nature of consciousness and the relationship between the mind, the body, and the soul. The resulting picture of the inner, with its stress on the crucial role of language, sheds light on the direction of Wittgenstein's work and presents a stimulating and controversial alternative to more fashionable positions on the subject.
"Johnston's book is a more accurate and sympathetic presentation of Wittgenstein's thoughts about the inner than anything else I know."
-Malcolm Budd, University College, London
"The book is a lucid, highly readable elaboration of Wittgenstein's so-called "private language" argument and of the associated critiques of mainstream psychology...if psychoanalysis wishes to have a conceptually viable, compelling, contemporary framework, it cannot afford to ignore the radical critical thought offered by these two authors."
-Louis S. Berger, "Psychoanalytic Books: A Quarterly Journal of Reviews