Wittgenstein, Mind and Meaning: Towards a Social Conception of Mind

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Overview

Wittgenstein, Mind and Meaning offers a re-reading of Wittgenstein's later writings on language and mind, and explores the tensions between Wittgenstein's ideas and contemporary cognitivist conceptions of the mental. Williams' theme throughout is the anti-individualism that she takes to underlie Wittgenstein's criticism of Cartesian thought. This book lays the foundation for a social conception of mind. This book addresses both Wittgenstein's later works as well as contemporary issues in philosophy of mind. It provides fresh insight into the later Wittgenstein and raises vital questions about the foundations of cognitivism and its wider implications on psychology and cognitive science.
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Editorial Reviews

Mind
...represents one of the most subtle and sustained developments available of the communitarian or social reading of Wittgenstein's later work.
Philosophical Investigations
a remarkably clear and immensely rewarding book.
Jeff Coulter
Williams' engagement with various themes in Wittgenstein's later writings is highly original, and her arguments should stimulate all of us who work in these areas of inquiry. This is a truly superb contribution to current philosophical debates.
David Bloor
sacrifices nothing in terms of rigour or sensitivity to textual detail, but manages to turn the discussion in such a way that issues of real significance are once again on the philosophical agenda.
From the Publisher
'Wittgenstein, Mind and Meaning represents one of the most subtle and sustained developments available of the communitarian or social reading of Wittgenstein's later work.'
- Mind

'A remarkably clear and immensely rewarding book.'
- Philosophical Investigations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415189088
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.43 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Meredith Williams is Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Pt. I Against the philosophic tradition
1 Wittgenstein on representations, privileged objects, and private languages
2 Private states and public practices: Wittgenstein and Schutz on intentionality
3 Wittgenstein, Kant, and the "metaphysics of experience"
4 Language learning and the representational theory of mind
5 Social norms and narrow content
Pt. II A new direction
6 Rules, community, and the individual
7 The philosophical significance of learning in the later Wittgenstein
8 The etiology of the obvious: Wittgenstein and the elimination of indeterminacy
9 Wittgenstein's rejection of scientific psychology
10 Vygotsky's social theory of mind
Notes
Bibliography
Index of quotations
Index
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