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The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein (Cambridge by David G. Stern, Hans Sluga

By David G. Stern, Hans Sluga

Ludwig Wittgenstein is among the most crucial and influential philosophers of the 20 th century, yet he's additionally one of many least available. This quantity presents a understandable advisor to his paintings via quite a lot of specialists who're actively engaged in new paintings on Wittgenstein. The essays, that are either expository and unique, handle principal subject matters in his philosophy of brain, language, common sense, and arithmetic and make clear the connections one of the diversified levels within the improvement of his paintings.

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For it is what we learn when the word is incorporated into our language. " (OC, 62) In a number of places in the Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein illustrates this correspondence between rules and meaning by comparing words with pieces in chess: We are talking about the spatial and temporal phenomenon of language, not about some non-spatial, non-temporal phantasm. . But we talk about it as we do about the pieces in chess when we are stating the rules of the game, not describing their physical properties.

They are rather explorations, diverse in style, method, and outlook, of a diverse array of themes in Wittgenstein's work. None of the contributions to this volume aims at encyclopedic completeness; none of them seeks to attain the status of a survey article. Wittgenstein is still so close to us and the ore of his thought is as yet so unexplored that any attempt at a definitive exposition of his ideas would be doomed to failure. What is important to show is, thus, that his work continues to have a rich and invigorating influence on contemporary thinking in philosophy.

Finally, a list of further readings is provided which may prove helpful for the beginning student of Wittgenstein's work. The volume closes with an extensive bibliography put together by John Holbo, my research assistant for this project, who deserves thanks also for a variety of other valuable tasks he carried out in connection with this volume. XI Despite the indubitable influence Wittgenstein has had on the development of recent philosophy, his position within the philosophical discipline remains contested.

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