Jaakko Hintikka Selected Papers

Ludwig Wittgenstein: Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half-Truths

Authors: Hintikka, Jaakko

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IF WITI'GENSTEIN COULD TALK, COULD WE UNDERSTAND HIM? Perusing the secondary literature on Wittgenstein, I have frequently experienced a perfect Brechtean Entfremdungseffekt. This is interesting, I have felt like saying when reading books and papers on Wittgenstein, but who is the writer talking about? Certainly not Ludwig Wittgenstein the actual person who wrote his books and notebooks and whom I happened to meet. Why is there this strange gap between the ideas of the actual philosopher and the musings of his interpreters? Wittgenstein is talking to us through the posthumous publication of his writings. Why don't philosophers understand what he is saying? A partial reason is outlined in the first essay of this volume. Wittgenstein was far too impatient to explain in his books and book drafts what his problems were, what it was that he was trying to get clear about. He was even too impatient to explain in full his earlier solutions, often merely referring to them casually as it were in a shorthand notation. For one important instance, in The Brown Book, Wittgenstein had explained in some detail what name-object relationships amount to in his view. There he offers both an explanation of what his problem is and an account of his own view illustrated by means of specific examples of language-games. But when he raises the same question again in Philosophical Investigations I, sec.

About the authors

Jaakko Hintikka is the author or co-author of thirty volumes and of some 300 scholarly articles in mathematical and philosophical logic, epistemology, language theory, philosophy of science, history of ideas and history of philosophy, including Aristotle, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, Peirce, The Bloomsbury Group, Husserl and Wittgenstein. He has also been active in international scholarly organizations, most recently as the First Vice-President of FISP, Vice-President of IIP and Co-Chair of the American Organizing Committee of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal Synthese and the Managing Editor of Synthese Library since 1965.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • An Impatient Man and His Papers

    Hintikka, Jaakko

    Pages 1-19

  • An Anatomy of Wittgenstein’s Picture Theory

    Hintikka, Jaakko

    Pages 21-54

  • The Idea of Phenomenology in Wittgenstein and Husserl

    Hintikka, Jaakko

    Pages 55-77

  • Die Wende der Philosophie: Wittgenstein’s New Logic of 1928

    Hintikka, Jaakko

    Pages 79-105

  • Wittgenstein’s Annus Mirabilis: 1929

    Hintikka, Jaakko

    Pages 107-124

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ludwig Wittgenstein: Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half-Truths
Authors
Series Title
Jaakko Hintikka Selected Papers
Series Volume
1
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4091-1
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4280-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 354
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