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"Ludwig Wittgenstein was an extraordinary philosopher, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking goes well beyond philosophy itself. In this book, which aims to make Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the non-specialist, 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview

"Ludwig Wittgenstein was an extraordinary philosopher, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking goes well beyond philosophy itself. In this book, which aims to make Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the non-specialist, 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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: 9780192854117
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 620,864
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A.C. Grayling is Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College, London.

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Table of Contents

1. Life and character
The early philosophy
2. Aims and background
3. The argument of the Tractatus
4. Some comments and questions
5. The influence of the early philosophy
The later philosophy
6. The transitional period
7. Method, meaning, and use
8. Understanding and rule following
9. 'Forms of life', private language, and criteria
10. Mind and knowledge
11. Some reflections and comments
12. Wittgenstein and recent philosophy Further reading Index
1. Life and character
The early philosophy
2. Aims and background
3. The argument of the Tractatus
4. Some comments and questions
5. The influence of the early philosophy
The later philosophy
6. The transitional period
7. Method, meaning, and use
8. Understanding and rule following
9. 'Forms of life', private language, and criteria
10. Mind and knowledge
11. Some reflections and comments
12. Wittgenstein and recent philosophy Further reading Index

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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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