Wittgenstein On Rules And Nature Hardback

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Wittgenstein On Rules And Nature

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The celebrated 20th century philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, developed an interest in his later career in natural forms of behavior, what he calls 'primitive' and 'natural reactions', and the role they play in our linguistic and other intellectual practices.

To many, Wittgenstein appears to be advancing a theory about these practices as originating in natural forms of behavior. However, theories of this sort seem out of place in philosophy, especially in light of Wittgenstein's own expressed views on the purpose of philosophy. Keith Dromm offers a way of understanding these apparently incongruous aspects of Wittgenstein's writings that is more consistent with his views on the proper purpose of philosophy.

The book shows that Wittgenstein does not in fact offer theories about natural human behavior. Rather, these references belong to a type of philosophical reasoning that is not meant to contribute to our knowledge, as explanations in science do, but instead to help clarify our thinking on certain philosophical topics. In particular, they serve to relieve apparent tensions between the things we do know. This book offers a more useful interpretation of a recurring motif in Wittgenstein's later writings that has puzzled many of his readers.

Introduction: The Primeval Chaos
1. The 'Primitive' and 'Natural'
2. Philosophical Explanations
3. The Third-Person
4. Scepticism and the Natural
5. Science and the Natural

Wittgenstein On Rules And Nature by Keith Dromm was published by Continuum in June 2008. The ISBN for Wittgenstein On Rules And Nature is 9780826498625.

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Details for Wittgenstein On Rules And Nature

Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formathardback
PublisherContinuum (June 2008)
Number of Pages160
Thickness18 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1225368
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