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Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction

A. C. Grayling

Publication Date - July 2001

ISBN: 9780192854117

160 pages
Paperback
4-1/2 x 7 inches

Retail Price to Students: $11.95

A compact introduction to one of the leading philsophers of the 20th century

Description

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.

Features

  • Makes Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the general reader by explaining the nature and impact of his views
  • Describes both his early and later philosophy, underscoring the differences and connections between them
  • Very accessibly written for non-specialists

About the Author(s)

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