Wittgenstein, Empiricism, and Language

Wittgenstein, Empiricism, and Language

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This provocative study exposes the ways in which Wittgenstein's philosophical views have been misunderstood, including the failure to recognize the reductionist character of Wittgenstein's work. Author John Cook provides well-documented proof that Wittgenstein did not hold views commonly attributed to him, arguing that Wittgenstein's later work was mistakenly seen as a development of G. E. Moore's philosophy-which Wittgenstein in fact vigorously attacked. He also points to an underestimation of Russell's influence on Wittgenstein's thinking. Cook goes on to show how these misunderstandings have had grave consequences for philosophy at large, and proposes that a more subtle appreciation of linguistic philosophy can yield valuable results.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 019513298X
  • 9780195132984

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This is a very good book. It is short but very well documented; the references are many, telling, and often clinching. It is clearly written and argued, and it has extraordinary thesis....Cook's book performed, for me, the invaluable service of renewing my interest in Wittgenstein and causing me to re-think my understanding of him....Buy this book, and recommend it to students. * International Philosophical Quarterly *show more

Table of contents

PART I: THE WAY OUT OF THE FLYTRAP; PART II: REDUCTIONISM AND CRITERIA; PART III: PHILOSOPHY AND LANGUAGEshow more