Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction

Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) A. C. Grayling

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 172mm x 14mm | 140g
  • Publication date: 28 July 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192854119
  • ISBN 13: 9780192854117
  • Illustrations note: halftones and drawings
  • Sales rank: 40,813

Product description

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an extraordinarily original philospher, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking goes well beyond philosophy itself. In this book, which aims to make Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the general non-specialist reader, A. C. Grayling explains the nature and impact of Wittgenstein's views. He describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and gives a fresh assessment of Wittgenstein's continuing influence on contemporary thought. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Author information

A. C. Grayling is Reader in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Sumernumary Fellow at St Anne's College, Oxford. He is the author of An Introduction to Philosophical Logic, the Refutation of Scepticism, and Berkeley: The central arguments, and editor of Philosophy: A guide through the subject and Philosophy 2: Further through the subject.

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Lucidly and attractively written. Heythrop Journal Anyone wanting to come to grips with the later Wittgenstein's views on philosophy, his beliefs about the nature of thought and language, and his many unignorable (if sometimes muddled and often muddling) ideas in the philosophy of the mind could do no better than start here. Guardian [Grayling] is to be congratulated on the success of his enterprise in a book which is a model of expository elgance ... an admirably clear and concise introduction Philosophical Books

Table of contents

1. Life and character ; THE EARLY PHILOSOPHY ; 2. Aims and background ; 3. The argument of the Tractatus ; 4. Some comments and questions ; 5. The influence of the early philosophy ; THE LATER PHILOSOPHY ; 6. The transitional period ; 7. Method, meaning, and use ; 8. Understanding and rule following ; 9. 'Forms of life', private language, and criteria ; 10. Mind and knowledge ; 11. Some reflections and comments ; 12. Wittgenstein and recent philosophy ; Further reading ; Index