Joachim Schulte's introduction provides a distinctive and masterful account of the full range of Wittgenstein's thought. It is concise but not compressed, substantive but not overloaded with developmental or technical detail, informed by the latest scholarship but not pedantic.
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Joachim Schulte's introduction provides a distinctive and masterful account of the full range of Wittgenstein's thought. It is concise but not compressed, substantive but not overloaded with developmental or technical detail, informed by the latest scholarship but not pedantic.
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An introduction to the thought of German philosopher Wittgenstein (1889-1951) for readers with a good general education and willingness to read carefully, but with no previous experience with Wittgenstein, or even with the terminology of philosophy. Translated from the German. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438419145
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 196 KB

Table of Contents

Author's Preface
Translators' Preface
1 Introduction 1
Life 1
Personality 14
Works 28
2 Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus 39
How To Read the Tractatus 39
Philosophy 41
World 46
Signs 48
Analysis and Picture 52
Saying and Showing - Logic 57
Limits 60
3 Connecting Links 69
The Ethical 71
The Magical 76
Overview 80
Grammar 82
Foundations and Contradictions 87
The Hardness of the Logical Must 91
4 The Language Game 97
Investigations 97
Games 102
Forms of Life 106
Family Resemblances 110
Rules 115
Paradigms 120
Use 125
5 Criterion 129
Verification and Criteria 129
Persons 132
Pain 135
Errors 137
Privacy 140
Aspects 149
6 Certainty 155
Knowledge 155
World Picture 162
Bibliography 175
Index 183
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2002

    metaphors of maverick mind

    Wittgenstein, like any other charismatic thinker, continues to attract fanatics who devote their life to disagreeing with one another (and, presumably, with my brief review) about the ultimate meaning of his words. These disciples cling myopically to their Wittgenstein, not realizing that there are many great Wittgensteins to choose from. My hero is the one who showed us new ways of being suspicious of our own convictions when confronting the mysteries of the mind. There have been many 'introductions to the wittgenstein, but this book is quite refreshing in approach and logical in argument. The fact remains that one's first exposure to either the "Tractatus" or "Philosophical Investigations" is a liberating and exhilarating experience. Here is a model of thinking so intense, so pure, so self-critical that even its mistakes are gifts. This book gives a valuable insight in the wittgenstein's thought. The author has made a great attempt to steer clear of ideological inclinations. He should now come out with an advanced analysis of his thoughts on language, mind and the possiblities of philosophical discourse.

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