ISBN-10:
067400504X
ISBN-13:
9780674005044
Pub. Date:
10/30/2001
Publisher:
Harvard
Rails to Infinity: Essays on Themes from Wittgenstein's <i>Philosophical Investigations</i>

Rails to Infinity: Essays on Themes from Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations

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Overview

This volume, published on the fiftieth anniversary of Wittgenstein's death, brings together thirteen of Crispin Wright's most influential essays on Wittgenstein's later philosophies of language and mind, many hard to obtain, including the first publication of his Whitehead Lectures given at Harvard in 1996.

Organized into four groups, the essays focus on issues about following a rule and the objectivity of meaning; on Saul Kripke's contribution to the interpretation of Wittgenstein; on privacy and self-knowledge; and on aspects of Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics. Wright uses the cutting edge of Wittgenstein's thought to expose and undermine the common assumptions in platonistic views of mathematical and logical objectivity and Cartesian ideas about self-knowledge. The great question remains: How to react to the demise of these assumptions? In response, the essays develop a concerted, evolving approach to the possibilities—and limitations—of constructive philosophies of mathematics and mind. Their collection constitutes a major statement by one of Britain's most important philosophers—and will provide an indispensable tool both for students of Wittgenstein and for scholars working more generally in the metaphysics of mind and language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674005044
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 10/30/2001
Pages: 494
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Crispin Wright is Global Professor of Philosophy at New York University, Professor of Philosophical Research at the University of Stirling, and Regius Professor of Logic Emeritus at the University of Aberdeen.

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