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Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations

An Attempt at a Critical Rationalist Appraisal

Authors: Agassi, Joseph

  • Explores Wittgenstein's philosophy throughout his career
  • Written from the viewpoint of critical rationalism
  • Features a friendly and appreciative yet critical tone
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This book collects 13 papers that explore Wittgenstein's philosophy throughout the different stages of his career. The author writes from the viewpoint of critical rationalism. The tone of his analysis is friendly and appreciative yet critical.

Of these papers, seven are on the background to the philosophy of Wittgenstein. Five papers examine different aspects of it: one on the philosophy of young Wittgenstein, one on his transitional period, and the final three on the philosophy of mature Wittgenstein, chiefly his Philosophical Investigations. The last of these papers, which serves as the concluding chapter, concerns the analytical school of philosophy that grew chiefly under its influence.

Wittgenstein’s posthumous Philosophical Investigations ignores formal languages while retaining the view of metaphysics as meaningless -- declaring that all languages are metaphysics-free. It was very popular in the middle of the twentieth century. Now it is passé. Wittgenstein had hoped to dissolve all philosophical disputes, yet he generated a new kind of dispute. His claim to have improved the philosophy of life is awkward just because he prevented philosophical discussion from the ability to achieve that: he cut the branch on which he was sitting. This, according to the author, is the most serious critique of Wittgenstein.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations
Book Subtitle
An Attempt at a Critical Rationalist Appraisal
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
401
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-00117-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-00117-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-00116-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 295
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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