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Wittgenstein's Metaphysics - John W. Cook

Wittgenstein's Metaphysics

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1994
ISBN: 9780521460194
Number Of Pages: 380

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Wittgenstein's Metaphysics offers a radical new interpretation of the fundamental ideas of Ludwig Wittgenstein. It takes issue with the conventional view that after 1930 Wittgenstein rejected the philosophy of the Tractatus and developed a wholly new conception of philosophy. By tracing the evolution of Wittgenstein's ideas, Cook shows that they are neither as original nor as difficult as is often supposed. Wittgenstein was essentially an empiricist, and the difference between his early views (as set forth in the Tractatus) and the later views (as expounded in the Philosophical Investigations) lies chiefly in the fact that after 1930 he replaced his early version of reductionism with a subtler version. So he ended where he began, as an empiricist armed with a theory of meaning. This iconoclastic interpretation is sure to influence all future study of Wittgenstein and will provoke a reassessment of the nature of his contribution to philosophy.

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"This lucidly written book is single-mindedly devoted to exhibiting Wittgenstein's work as continuous development within traditional metaphysics...A special merit of the book is the presentation, in the Introduction, of these argued for, and the so-called myths which Cook argues against." Alice Ambrose, International Studies in Philosophy

From Idealism to Pure Realism
Wittgenstein's philosophical beginnings
Neutral monism
The 'objects' of the tractatus
The essence of the world can be shown but not said
What the solipsist means is quite correct
Pure realism and the elimination of private objects
The Metaphysics of Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy
Wittgenstein's phenomenalism
A new philosophical method
Wittgenstein's behaviourism
Wittgenstein and Kohler
Causation and Science in a Phenomenal World
Hume on causation
Wittgenstein's Humean view of causation
The problem of induction
Logical Possibilities of Knowledge
Logical possibilities and philosophical method
The search for a phenomenalist's theory of knowledge
The Past, Memoray, and the Private Language Argument
Memory, tenses and the past
Wittgenstein's analysis of mental states and powers
Following a rule
The private language argument
Names of sensations and the use theory of meaning
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ISBN: 9780521460194
ISBN-10: 0521460190
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 28th January 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.73