The Voices of Wittgenstein: The Vienna Circle / Edition 1

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The Voices of Wittgenstein brings for the first time, in both the original German and in English translation, over one hundred short essays in philosophical logic and the philosophy of mind. This text is of key historical importance to understanding Wittgenstein's philosophical thought and development in the 1930's. Transcribed from the papers of Friedrich Waismann and dating from 1932 to 1935, the majority are highly important dictations by Wittgenstein to Waismann. It also includes texts of redrafted material by Waismann, closely based on these dictations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415056441
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/23/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) is one of the most important philosophers of the Twentieth Century. His Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Routledge) and the Philosophical Investigations have had a profound influence on philosophy and are regarded as two of the most important works of our time.

Freidrich Waismann (1896-1959) was one of the original and most prominent members of the Vienna Circle. He is author of The Principles of Linguistic and How I see Philosophy.

Gordon Baker is Fellow and tutor in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is author of many books and articles on Wittgenstein and Waismann. His publications include a two volume authoritative commentary on Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigation and Wittgenstein, Frege and the Vienna Circle.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Dictation for Schlick, including: Understanding a sentence as analogous to understanding a melody as a melody; Understanding a genre-picture; Language in its surroundings; Chapter 2. Notebook I, including: The causal conception of language; Reasons and causes; Russell's logic; The rule of inference. Chapter 3. Our method, including: One cannot see into another's heart; An overview removes disquiet. Chapter 4. Pheonmenological language (idealism, etc), including: A language for describing phenomena; Physical colours. Chapter 5. The causal conception of language, including:The causal theory of meaning. Chapter 6. Hypotheses, including Verificaiton of hypotheses. Chapter 7. Logic, including: The sense of a negation; The propositional calculus; Thinking of the consequences of a propostition. Chapter 8. Expectation, desire etc (psychological concepts), including : Is understanding a mental process?; Is a meaning something unitary? Logic and psychology. Chapter 9. Metalogical concepts, including: Socrates' problem; Significant and senseless. Chapter 10. Mathematics, including What role do diagrams play in geometry?; Visual Space.

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