How to Read Wittgenstein

Author: Ray Monk

Publisher: Granta

ISBN: 9781862077249

Category: Philosophy

Page: 114

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Approaching the writing of major intellectuals, artists, and philosophers need no longer be daunting. How to Read is a new sort of introduction - a personal master class in reading - that brings you face to face with the work of some of the most influential and challenging writers in history. In lucid, accessible language, these books explain essential topics such as Wittgenstein's determination to insist on the integrity and the autonomy of nonscientific forms of understanding. Intent upon letting the reader experience the pleasure and intellectual stimulation in reading these classic authors, the How to Read series provides a context and an explanation that will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon.

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


Author: David Markson

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827076129

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 4495


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? In einem Strandhaus an einer unbekannten Küste dokumentiert eine Frau ihre Suche nach den Überlebenden einer namenlosen Katastrophe, durchforstet ihre Erinnerung an Kunstwerke, Bücher und Artefakte einer untergegangenen Zivilisation. Und während Kate rastlos über den Globus reist, in den größten Museen der Welt übernachtet und an den verlassenen Monumenten unserer Kultur umherstreicht, entspinnt sich wie nebenbei eine irrwitzige Geschichte der westlichen Welt: von Homer, der womöglich eine Frau war, über Aristoteles’ Lispeln bis zu Rembrandts rostbrauner Katze, von Guy de Maupassants Abneigung gegenüber dem Eiffelturm zu Brahms’ Abneigung gegenüber Kindern. Doch dann und wann, tief verborgen zwischen den Zeilen, scheint eine Trauer auf, die vermuten lässt, dass Kates Geschichte womöglich eine ganz andere ist ...

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.

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.

Das Haus Wittgenstein

die Geschichte einer ungewöhnlichen Familie

Author: Alexander Waugh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783596182282

Category: Eccentrics and eccentricities

Page: 439

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A portrait of the Wittgenstein family of Vienna traces the triumphs and vicissitudes of a star-crossed dynasty held together by a love of music yet torn apart by money, madness, conflicts of loyalty, and the cataclysmic upheaval of two world wars.

How To Read The Qur'an

Author: Mona Siddiqui

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1783781009

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 3244


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.


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.

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.

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.

Wittgensteins Neffe

Eine Freundschaft

Author: Thomas Bernhard

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518785109

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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Mit seiner 1982 vorgelegten Arbeit über die Geschichte einer Freundschaft führt Bernhard seine Autobiographie, die Beschreibung seiner Kindheit und Jugend in fünf Bänden, weiter in die Jahre 1967 bis 1979. Bei einem Sanatoriumsaufenthalt vertiefte sich seine Freundschaft mit Paul Wittgenstein, die in leidenschaftlichen Diskussionen über Musik begonnen hatte. Paul Wittgenstein, der Neffe Ludwig Wittgensteins, maturierte am Theresianeum in Wien und studierte danach Mathematik. Seit seinem 35. Lebensjahr brach seine Nervenkrankheit immer wieder durch. Anfänglich finanziell sehr gut gesichert durch die Reichtümer einer der reichsten Familien Österreichs, verschenkte er sein Vermögen unbekümmert an Freunde und Arme, bis er selber in Armut dahinvegetierte. In seinen letzten Lebensjahren vereinsamte er mehr und mehr, nur noch mit seinem Freund Thomas Bernhard verbunden. Bernhards Notizen sind zum Bericht der Sterbegeschichte des Paul Wittgenstein geworden. Zwölf Jahre hindurch hatte er das Sterben seines Freundes beobachtet. Und durch diese Beobachtung hat sich auch die Selbstbeobachtung Thomas Bernhards verschärft – so daß durch den Porträtierten auch das Bild des Porträtisten starke Konturen gewinnt.

Reading Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations

A Beginner's Guide

Author: John J. Ross

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1461718538

Category: Philosophy

Page: 200

View: 8405


Reading Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations is designed as a traditional philosophical commentary that follows the Investigations step by step. It will help undergraduates read and understand Wittgenstein's text by elaborating and explaining key themes and relevant passages in simple everyday language and by providing the biographical and philosophical background necessary for understanding the issues with which Wittgenstein is dealing.

Wittgenstein: The Philosopher and his Works

Author: Alois Pichler,Simo Säätelä

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110328917

Category: Philosophy

Page: 461

View: 1803


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.