Wittgenstein: Comparisons and Context

Hardcover | November 3, 2013

byP. M. S. Hacker

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Wittgenstein: Comparisons and Context is a collection of P. M. S. Hacker's papers on Wittgenstein and Wittgensteinian themes written over the last decade. It presents Hacker's own (Wittgensteinian) conception of philosophy, and defends it against criticisms. Two essays compare Wittgensteinwith Kant on transcendental arguments, and offer a Wittgensteinian critique of Kant's transcendental deduction. Two further essays trace the development of Wittgenstein's philosophy of psychology, and examine his anthropological and ethnological approach to philosophical problems. This leadsnaturally to a synoptic comparison of Wittgenstein's later philosophy of language with formal, truth-conditional conceptions of language. A further two clarificatory essays follow these comparative ones: the first concerns Wittgenstein's conception of grammar, and his exclusion of theses, doctrines, dogmas, and opinions in philosophy; the second concerns his treatment of intentionality. The penultimate essay examines Quine'sepistemological naturalism, which is often presented as a more scientific approach to philosophical problems than Wittgenstein's. The final essay offers a synoptic view of analytic philosophy and its history, in which Wittgenstein played so notable a part. The volume complements Hacker's previouscollection, Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies (OUP, 2001), but stands as an independent contribution to work in the field.

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Wittgenstein: Comparisons and Context is a collection of P. M. S. Hacker's papers on Wittgenstein and Wittgensteinian themes written over the last decade. It presents Hacker's own (Wittgensteinian) conception of philosophy, and defends it against criticisms. Two essays compare Wittgensteinwith Kant on transcendental arguments, and offe...

P. M. S. Hacker is Emeritus Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford. He is author of Insight and Illusion (Clarendon Press, 1972 [2nd revised ed. 1986]), the four-volume Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations, the first two volumes, co-authored with G. P. Baker, of Wittgenstein's Place in Twentieth-Century Anal...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:November 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceOriginal Places of PublicationAbbreviationsPart I: On Method1. Philosophy: a Contribution not to Human Knowledge but to Human UnderstandingPart II: Comparisons and Clarifications2. Kant and Wittgenstein: the Matter of Transcendental Arguments3. Kant's Transcendental Deduction - a Wittgensteinian Critique4. The Development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology5. Wittgenstein's Anthropological and Ethnological Approach6. Two Conceptions of Language7. Wittgenstein on Grammar, Theses, and Dogmatism8. Intentionality and the Harmony between Language and RealityPart III: Context9. Passing by the Naturalistic Turn: on Quine's cul-de-sac10. Analytic Philosophy - What, Whence and Whither?Index