How to Read Wittgenstein

Author: Ray Monk

Publisher: Granta

ISBN: 9781862077249

Category: Logical positivism

Page: 114

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How to Read is a personal masterclass in reading, bringing you face to face with the work of some of the most influential and challenging writers in history

On Wittgenstein

Author: Jaakko Hintikka

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534575946

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 65

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This brief text assists students in understanding Wittgenstein's philosophy and thinking so that they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the "Wadsworth Philosophers Series," (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON WITTGENSTEIN is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher better enabling students to engage in the reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.

Wittgensteins Mätresse

Roman

Author: David Markson

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827076129

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Die Künstlerin Kate hält sich für den letzten Menschen auf Erden. Doch gab es sie wirklich – jene Apokalypse, die nur sie allein verschont hat? Oder ist Kate wahnsinnig?

How To Read Foucault

Author: Johanna Oksala

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 184708687X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 112

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Michel Foucault was a twentieth-century philosopher of extraordinary talent, a political activist, social theorist, cultural critic and creative historian. He shaped the ways we think today about such controversial issues as power, sexuality, madness and criminality. Johanna Oksala explores the conceptual tools that Foucault gave us for constructing new forms of thinking as well as for smashing old certainties. She offers a lucid account of him as a thinker whose persistent aim was to challenge the self-evidence and seeming inevitability of our current experiences, practices and institutions by showing their historical development and, therefore, contingency. Extracts are taken from the whole range of Foucault's writings - his books, essays, lectures and interviews - including the major works History of Madness,The Order of Things, Discipline and Punish and The History of Sexuality.

How To Read Shakespeare

Author: Nicholas Royle

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1783781017

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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Shakespeare's legacy is all around us - in our books and our films, in our politics and in our everyday speech. With his words he has formed our world, and his influence has been greater than that of any other writer. So what makes Shakespeare's plays so powerful? Taking a single word from each of the seven most influential plays, Nicholas Royle opens up the delights and complexities of Shakespeare's language for the reader, teaching us to discover his work anew.

How To Read Descartes

Author: John G. Cottingham

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1783780541

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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'I realized it was necessary to demolish everything and start again right from the foundations, if I wanted to establish anything in the sciences that was stable and likely to last.' Ren DescartesRevered as the 'father of modern philosophy', Descartes is one of the most influential philosophers of all time, but his ideas are also highly controversial and have been subjected to intense criticism by present-day philosophers. John Cottingham examines Descartes's remarkable attempt to construct a new basis for scientific understanding, his famous first principle, 'I am thinking, therefore I exist,' and his notorious and often misunderstood account of the relation between mind and body. He also tackles fascinating and lesser-known aspects of Descartes's philosophy, including his views on language, human and animal nature, the role of the emotions in the good life, and the place of God in science and ethics.Extracts are taken from the whole range of Descartes's writings, including the Discourse on the Method, Meditations on First Philosophy, Principles of Philosophy and his last book, the Passions of the Soul, as well as extracts from his philosophical letters.

How To Read Plato

Author: Richard Kraut

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1783780673

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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'The unexamined life is not worth living.' SocratesPlato is the founding thinker of European speculative thought. He was the first Western writer to undertake a comprehensive and rigorous study of the fundamental categories of reality and value, and few philosophers have escaped his influence or rivaled the depth of his works, many of which have remarkable dramatic power and literary beauty. His writings range over ethics, politics, religion, art, the structure of the natural world, mathematics, the human mind, love, sex and friendship. Richard Kraut explores the intellectual milieu that gave rise to Plato's thinking and emphasizes the influence of Socrates, whose devotion to the examined life and death at the hands of Athenian democracy are memorialized in many of Plato's writings, and the full extent of his moral and political thought and its metaphysical underpinning are investigated. Kraut argues that Plato's theory of forms is grounded in common sense, and that his critique of democracy and search for a rational religion continue to be of vital importance.

How To Read Ancient Philosophy

Author: Miriam Leonard

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1783780703

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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Thinkers such as Aristotle, Plato and Parmenides have shaped the way we see the world, and it is their original conception of philosophy which has placed topics such as logic, metaphysics, ethics and ontology at the heart of philosophical debates for centuries.Miriam Leonard not only explores the central theories of their works, but also gives some sense of the process of abstraction, which sees written texts transformed into timeless ideals. She looks at how simple phrases such as 'In what way?' or 'There is ...' are turned into the language of philosophy. Taking passages from Heraclitus, Parmenides, Lucretius and Cicero, as well as Plato and Aristotle, she investigates the breadth and diversity of Greek and Roman thought and provides an account of the influence of its texts on the later history of ideas.

How To Read The Qur'an

Author: Mona Siddiqui

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1783781009

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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The Qur'an is regarded by Muslims as the direct word of God, timeless and unchanged. It is used not only for prayer and worship but as a path which can lead the believer to a closer understanding of the essence of their relationship with God. In this thought-provoking, considered study of the scripture of Islam, Mona Siddiqui explores the 'big themes' of prophecy, law, sin and salvation from her dual position as a believer and a scholar.

Kraft seines Wortes

Ein Cape-Cod-Krimi

Author: Phoebe Atwood Taylor

Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag

ISBN: 3832188657

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Dale Sanborn ist Autor – und ein Ekelpaket. Für seine Bücher schlachtet er hemmungslos die Leben seiner Familie, Freunde und Bekannten aus. Kein Wunder also, dass er in einer kleinen Ferienhütte auf dem malerischen Cape Cod ermordet aufgefunden wird. Der ehemalige Kapitän Asey Mayo macht sich gemeinsam mit einer Urlauberin auf die Jagd nach dem Mörder. Die älteren Herrschaften schlagen sich durch ein dichtes Netz aus Intrigen und Verdächtigen – fast jeder hier hätte einen guten Grund gehabt, Dale Sanborn umzubringen. Und die Zeit drängt: Wenn das ungewöhnliche Ermittlerteam den wahren Täter nicht innerhalb von drei Tagen findet, wird ein Unschuldiger angeklagt.

Signs of Sense

Reading Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

Author: Eli FRIEDLANDER,Eli Friedlander

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674037324

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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This work seeks to shed light on one of the most enigmatic masterpieces of twentieth-century thought. At the heart of Eli Friedlander's interpretation is the internal relation between the logical and the ethical in the "Tractatus," a relation that emerges in the work of drawing the limits of language. To show how the "Tractatus," far from separating the ethical and the logical into distinct domains, instead brings out their essential affinity, Friedlander focuses on Wittgenstein's use of the term "form," particularly his characterization of the form of objects. In this reading, the concept of form points to a threefold distinction in the text among the problematics of facts, objects, and the world. Most important, it provides a key to understanding how Wittgenstein's work opens a perspective on the world through the recognition of the form of objects rather than through the grasping of facts--thus revealing the dimensions of subjectivity involved in having a world, or in assuming that form of experience apart from systematic logic. Bearing on the question of the divide between analytic and Continental philosophy, this interpretation views Wittgenstein's work as a possible mediation between these two central philosophical traditions of the modern age. It will interest Wittgenstein scholars as well as anyone concerned with twentieth-century philosophy.

Wittgenstein: The Philosopher and his Works

Author: Alois Pichler,Simo Säätelä

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110328917

Category: Philosophy

Page: 461

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This wide-ranging collection of essays contains eighteen original articles by authors representing some of the most important recent work on Wittgenstein. It deals with questions pertaining to both the interpretation and application of Wittgenstein’s thought and the editing of his works. Regarding the latter, it also addresses issues concerning scholarly electronic publishing. The collection is accompanied by a comprehensive introduction which lays out the content and arguments of each contribution. Contributors: Knut Erik Tranøy, Lars Hertzberg, Georg Henrik von Wright, Marie McGinn, Cora Diamond, James Conant, David G. Stern, Eike von Savigny, P.M.S. Hacker, Hans-Johann Glock, Allan Janik, Kristóf Nyíri, Antonia Soulez, Brian McGuinness, Anthony Kenny, Joachim Schulte, Herbert Hrachovec, Cameron McEwen.

Reading Wittgenstein with Anscombe, Going On to Ethics

Author: Cora Diamond

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674051688

Category: Philosophy

Page: 344

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Cora Diamond follows two major philosophers as they think about thinking, and about our ability to respond to thinking that has gone astray. Acting as both witness to and participant in the encounter, she provides fresh perspective on the value of Wittgenstein’s and Anscombe’s work, and demonstrates what genuinely independent thought can achieve.

The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein

Author: Hans Sluga,David G. Stern

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108547249

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951) is one of the most important and influential philosophers in modern times, but he is also one of the least accessible. In this volume, leading experts chart the development of his work and clarify the connections between its different stages. The essays, which are both expository and original, address central themes in Wittgenstein's writing on a wide range of topics, particularly his thinking about the mind, language, logic, and mathematics. The contributors illuminate the character of the whole body of work by focusing on key topics: the style of the philosophy, the conception of grammar contained in it, rule-following, convention, logical necessity, the self, and what Wittgenstein called, in a famous phrase, 'forms of life'. This revised edition includes a new introduction, five new essays - on Tractarian ethics, Wittgenstein's development, aspects, the mind, and time and history - and a fully updated comprehensive bibliography.

The Realistic Spirit

Wittgenstein, Philosophy, and the Mind

Author: Cora Diamond

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262540742

Category: Psychology

Page: 396

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"This is the most important book on Wittgenstein in over a decade, but it is also much more than that. These essays range widely over issues in the philosophy of language, ethics, and literature and they illuminate everything they touch. They show the full range and power of one of the best philosophical minds I know." -- Hillary Putnam, Harvard University The realistic spirit, a nonmetaphysical approach to philosophical thought concerned with the character of philosophy itself, informs all of the discussions in these essays by philosopher Cora Diamond. Diamond explains Wittgenstein's notoriously elusive later writings, explores the background to his thought in the work of Frege, and discusses ethics in a way that reflects his influence. Diamond's new reading of Wittgenstein challenges currently accepted interpretations and shows what it means to look without mythology at the coherence, commitments, and connections that are distinctive of the mind. "Representation and Mind series"

Wittgenstein

Biography and Philosophy

Author: James C. Klagge

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521008686

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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A collection of essays exploring the relationship between Wittgenstein's life and his philosophy.

Wittgenstein within the Philosophy of Religion

Author: Thomas D. Carroll

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137407905

Category: Philosophy

Page: 219

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The commonly held view that Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion is fideistic loses plausibility when contrasted with recent scholarship on Wittgenstein's corpus and biography. This book reevaluates the place of Wittgenstein in the philosophy of religion and charts a path forward for the subfield by advancing three themes.

The Fate of Wonder

Wittgenstein's Critique of Metaphysics and Modernity

Author: Kevin M. Cahill

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231528116

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Kevin M. Cahill reclaims one of Ludwig Wittgenstein's most passionately pursued endeavors: to reawaken a sense of wonder around human life and language and its mysterious place in the world. Following the philosopher's spiritual and cultural criticism and tying it more tightly to the overall evolution of his thought, Cahill frames an original interpretation of Wittgenstein's engagement with Western metaphysics and modernity, better contextualizing the force of his work. Cahill synthesizes several approaches to Wittgenstein's life and thought. He stresses the nontheoretical aspirations of the philosopher's early and later writings, combining key elements from the so-called resolute readings of the Tractatus with the "therapeutic" readings of Philosophical Investigations. Cahill shows how continuity in Wittgenstein's cultural and spiritual concerns informed if not guided his work between these texts, and in his reading of the Tractatus, Cahill identifies surprising affinities with Martin Heidegger's Being and Time—a text rarely associated with Wittgenstein's early formulations. In his effort to recapture wonder, Wittgenstein both avoided and undermined traditional philosophy's reliance on theory. As Cahill relates the steps of this bold endeavor, he forms his own innovative, analytical methods, joining historicist and contextualist approaches to text-based, immanent readings. The result is an original, sustained examination of Wittgenstein's thought.

Language, Saussure and Wittgenstein

How to Play Games with Words

Author: Roy Harris

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415052252

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 136

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Saussure as a linguist and Wittgenstein as a philosopher of language are arguably the two most important figures in the development of twentieth-century linguistic thought. By pointing out what their ideas have in common, in spite of emanating from very different intellectual sources, this study breaks new ground.