Wittgenstein on Mind and Language

Paperback | September 1, 1996

byDavid G. Stern

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Drawing on ten years of research on the unpublished Wittgenstein papers, Stern investigates what motivated Wittgenstein's philosophical writing and casts new light on the Tractatus and Philosophical Investigations. The book is an exposition of Wittgenstein's early conception of the nature ofrepresentation and how his later revision and criticism of that work led to a radically different way of looking at mind and language. It also explains how the unpublished manuscripts and typescripts were put together and why they often provide better evidence of the development of his ideas thancan be found in his published writing. In doing so, the book traces the development of a number of central themes in Wittgenstein's philosophy, including his conception of philosophical method, the picture theory of meaning, the limits of language, the application of language to experience, histreatment of private language, and what he called the "flow of life." Arguing that Wittgenstein's views are often much more simple (and more radical) than we have been led to believe, Wittgenstein on Mind and Language provides an overview of the development of Wittgenstein's philosophy and brings tolight aspects of his philosophy that have been almost universally neglected.

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Wittgenstein on Mind and Language traces the development of a number of central themes in Wittgenstein's philosophy, including his conception of philosophical method, the picture theory of meaning, the limits of language, the application of language to experience, his treatment of private language, and what he called the "flow of life"...

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Drawing on ten years of research on the unpublished Wittgenstein papers, Stern investigates what motivated Wittgenstein's philosophical writing and casts new light on the Tractatus and Philosophical Investigations. The book is an exposition of Wittgenstein's early conception of the nature ofrepresentation and how his later revision and...

David G. Stern is at University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.06 × 0.67 inPublished:September 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Wittgenstein on Mind and Language traces the development of a number of central themes in Wittgenstein's philosophy, including his conception of philosophical method, the picture theory of meaning, the limits of language, the application of language to experience, his treatment of private language, and what he called the "flow of life". It also explains how the unpublished manuscripts and typescripts were put together and why they often provide better evidence of the development of his ideas than can be found in his published writing. Arguing that Wittgenstein's views are often much more simple (and more radical) than we have been led to believe, Wittgenstein on Mind and Language provides an overview of the development of Wittgenstein's thought and brings to light aspects of his philosophy that have been almost universally neglected.

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"What is distinctive about Stern's work is the combination of scholarly detail and philosophical acumen involved in the exposition he undertakes....This is an excellent book, which blends the biographical and philosophical aspects of Wittgenstein's work in admirable fashion."--AnthropologicalLinguistics