The Claims of Common Sense: Moore, Wittgenstein, Keynes and the Social Sciences

The Claims of Common Sense: Moore, Wittgenstein, Keynes and the Social Sciences

by John Coates

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The Claims of Common Sense: Moore, Wittgenstein, Keynes and the Social Sciences by John Coates

The Claims of Common Sense investigates the importance for the social sciences of the ideas developed in Cambridge philosophy between the two World Wars. John Coates examines the thought of Moore, Ramsey, Wittgenstein and Keynes, and offers new evidence that there was a far closer collaboration between them than has hitherto been supposed. He then proposes that Wittgenstein's and Keynes's ideas on the economy of ordinary language present a way of bridging the current gap between the philosophy and practice of social science.

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ISBN-13: 9780521039581
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/18/2007
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. A short history of common sense; 2. Ideal languages and vague concepts: the transition in Cambridge philosophy; 3. Keynes and Moore's common sense; 4. Keynes's later views on vagueness and definition; 5. Samples, generalizations and ideal types; 6. The Cambridge philosophical community; Conclusion: complexity, vagueness and rhetoric; Index.

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