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This book offers a lucid and highly readable account of Wittgensteina€²s philosophy, framed against the background of his extraordinary life and character. Woven together with a biographical narrative, the chapters explain the key ideas of Wittgensteina€²s work, from his first book, the Tractatus Logicoa€“Philosophicus, to his mature masterpiece, the Philosophical Investigations. Severin Schroeder shows that at the core of Wittgensteina€²s later work lies a startlingly original and subversive conception of the nature of philosophy. In accordance with this conception, Wittgenstein offers no new philosophical doctrines to replace his earlier ones, but seeks to demonstrate how all philosophical theorizing is the result of conceptual misunderstanding. He first diagnoses such misunderstanding at the core of his own earlier philosophy of language and then subjects philosophical views and problems about various mental phenomena understanding, sensations, the will to a similar therapeutic analysis. Schroeder provides a clear and careful account of the main arguments offered by Wittgenstein. He concludes by considering some critical responses to Wittgensteina€²s work, assessing its legacy for contemporary philosophy. Wittgenstein is ideal for students seeking a clear and concise introduction to the work of this seminal twentietha€“century philosopher.Ludwig seemed to be the only one of the brothers inclined and suited to follow the career plan laid out by his father. He was also ... He had a considerable interest in mechanisms and machines, and displayed some remarkable manual skills. Thus at the age of 10, after a careful study of the sewing machine in the house, he was able with wood and wire to construct a functioning replica of it. Until he wasanbsp;...

Author:Severin Schroeder
Publisher:Polity - 2006-03-31


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