Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an extraordinarily original philospher, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking goes well beyond philosophy itself. In this book, which aims to make Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the general non-specialist reader, A. C. Grayling explains the nature and impact of Wittgenstein's views. He describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and ...
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Overview

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an extraordinarily original philospher, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking goes well beyond philosophy itself. In this book, which aims to make Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the general non-specialist reader, A. C. Grayling explains the nature and impact of Wittgenstein's views. He describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and gives a fresh assessment of Wittgenstein's
continuing influence on contemporary thought.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Wittgenstein was an extraordinary original philosopher, whose influence on 20th-century thinking goes well beyond philosophy itself. An introduction excellent for undergraduate and beginning graduate students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191606588
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 2/22/2001
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 761,926
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


A.C. Grayling is Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London, and Senior Research Fellow at St Anne's College, Oxford. He is the author of An Introduction to Philosophical Logic, The Refutation of Scepticism, and Berkeley: The Central Arguments, and is also the editor of Philosophy: A Guide
through the Subject and Philosophy 2: Further through the Subject.

Birkbeck College, University of London

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Table of Contents

Note on references
List of illustrations
1 Life and character 1
2 The early philosophy 16
3 The later philosophy 73
4 Wittgenstein and recent philosophy 126
Further reading 135
Index 139
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Good intro to Wittgenstein

    I bought this book to get my first taste of Wittgenstein, beyond Wikipedia articles, podcasts, and the general "mythology" built around him. After reading this book, though, the mythology might be the most attractive part of Wittgenstein's philosophy (for me). I think Wittgenstein might have been a continental philosopher trapped in an analytic philosopher's body, if that makes sense... and Grayling critiques Wittgenstein enough to give one an appreciable context of his impact. The book presents a chapter of biography and then summarizes Wittgenstein's early and late writings. I imagine it's about as straightforward a presentation as one can attempt with Wittgenstein, so for a quick digestion I recommend the book.

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