Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein

by A. C. Grayling
ISBN-10:
0192854119
ISBN-13:
9780192854117
Pub. Date:
07/28/2001
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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Overview

Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an extraordinarily original thinker, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking far outside the bounds of philosophy alone. In this engaging Introduction, A.C. Grayling makes Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the general reader by explaining 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192854117
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Series: Very Short Introductions Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 782,299
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)

About the Author

A.C. Grayling is Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London, and Senior Research Fellow at St Anne's College, Oxford. He is the author of An Introduction to Philosophical Logic, The Refutation of Scepticism, and Berkeley: The Central Arguments, and is also the editor of Philosophy: A Guide through the Subject and Philosophy 2: Further through the Subject.

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 More than 1 year ago
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.