Philosophical Psychology and Interpreting Wittgenstein

Philosophical Psychology and Interpreting Wittgenstein : How to Look on Words as Instruments

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Wittgenstein believed that his writing should not save other people the trouble of thinking for themselves. In this book the author attempts to de-mystify Wittgenstein while at the same time stimulating the reader's own thought on the "use of words as instruments". The book looks particularly at Wittgenstein's use of words and his distrust of philosophical questions such as "what are we reporting about ourselves when we say we believe something?" It stresses the wide range of ways in which these questions arise, and the care and perceptiveness that is needed to expose their limitations. In a method derived from Wittgenstein it shows the reader how to handle difficulties about psychological words, and gives novel interpretations of perplexing passages in the "Investigations" and "Zettel".show more

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 138 x 216mm | 381g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 0748601635
  • 9780748601639

Table of contents

Part 1 How some words work: performatives; quasi-performatives; implicit expressions of attitude; concealed metaphors; words that replace behaviour; showing by saying; variant models; words and their objects. Part 2 Revies and analysis of textual evidence - what are the consequences?: the unmasking of misbegotten questions; relieving the urge to reform language; epilogue - defence of these philosophical more