New PDF release: Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies

By P. M. S. Hacker

Concentrating on different elements of Wittgenstein's philosophy, this quantity not just offers a invaluable advent, but additionally investigates connections among the philosophy of Wittgenstein, different philosophers--in specific, Frege, Frazer, Carnap, and Strawson--and philosophical traits. It additionally illuminates very various facets of Wittgenstein's idea, probing into the controversies it stimulates, in addition to into its effect.

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Moreover, vagueness is not always a defect ('I ask him for a bread knife', Wittgenstein mocked, 'and he gives me a razor blade because it is sharper'), and (pace Frege) its occurrence is not logically 'contagious'.  Moreover, understanding a sentence is not a process of deriving its meaning from anything.  For the main source of philosophical puzzlement and of misguided philosophical theories is our failure to command a clear view of the use of words and our consequent entanglement in the network of grammar.

Even declarative sentences are used for endlessly diverse purposes, of which describing is only one, and non­declarative sentences are misrepresented if taken to be analysable into a force­indicative component (for example, an imperative sign or interrogative sign) and a descriptive, truth­value bearing 'sentence­radical'.  These are logically distinct kinds of descriptions, with distinct kinds of grounds and consequences.  Wittgenstein's later philosophy of language is guided by this series of conceptual connections, the ramifications of which he explored in detail.

Wittgenstein's later philosophy of language is guided by this series of conceptual connections, the ramifications of which he explored in detail.  His philosophy of mind and of action can be seen as providing a rigorous philosophical underpinning for the hermeneutic insistence on the autonomy of humanistic understanding and its categorial 32 differentiation from understanding in the natural sciences.  Whatever seemed to one to be right would be right, and that means that there is no such thing here as right or correct.

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