Wittgenstein: Mind and Language

Wittgenstein: Mind and Language

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The essays collected in this volume represent, in a revised version, the pa- pers of the Wittgenstein Conference held in November 1989 at the Univer- sity ofRome 'La Sapienza' to celebrate the centenary ofhis birth. They offer a systematic account ofWittgenstein's philosophy ofmind and contribute to illuminate his later conception of perceptive, emotional and cognitive lan- guage. Some of the reasons why it seemed the right time to promote an am- pIe confrontation ofideas on Wittgenstein's mature perspective are sufficiently c1ear as they derive from the need to sum up the state of research based on the availability of the Nachlass and the publication in the last decade of a conspicuous quantity ofwritings dedicated to philosophical psychology; other reasons are more complex as they depend on the already noticed tendency in the recent epistemological debate to interpret Wittgenstein's provocative and controversial theses in a "perverse" way, in a way which has been used as a banner for epistemic relativism, subjectivism, and irrationalism.
The intention of this collection of essays is to construct an image of Wittgenstein's thought, which is as faithful as possible to his philosophy of mind and language from both a theoretical and exegetical point of view. The book also strives to assess the continuity and internal coherence of the theses developed throughout the different phases of his research.
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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 20.6mm | 635.04g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1995 ed.
  • XII, 312 p.
  • 0792331710
  • 9780792331711

Table of contents

Preface; R. Egidi. Wittgenstein and the Twentieth Century; G.H. von Wright. Part I: Science, Mind, and Metaphysics. Wittgenstein on Philosophy and Science; D. Pears. Wittgenstein on Mind and Metaphysics; A. Kenny. Wittgenstein's Alleged Metaphysics of Mind; J. Brandl. Part II: In the Domain of Possibilities: Rules, Formal and Inner Languages. Le reel et son ombre: la theorie wittgensteinienne de la possibilite; J. Bouveresse. Wittgenstein on the Meaning of Logical Symbols; C. Cellucci. On Following a Rule; A. Stroll. Fodor and Wittgenstein on Private Language; D. Marconi. Mentalesians and Wittgenstein's Private Language; M. dell'Utri. Part III: Intentionality and the Grammar of Mental Life. Intentionality in Wittgenstein's Works; A.G. Gargani. Intentional Reference as a Logical Relation: a Variation on a Theme in Moore, Russell, Wittgenstein, and Bergmann; H. Hochberg. Wittgenstein between Philosophical Grammar and Psychology; R. Egidi. Notes on Phenomenology and Visual Space; R. Casati. Part IV: Belief, Doubt and Relativism. Disentangling Moore's Paradox; N. Malcolm. Malcolm on Moore's Paradox; E. Picardi. Wittgenstein's Refutation of Scepticism in `On Certainty'; W. Carl. Was Wittgenstein a Relativist? R. Haller. Part V: Topics in the Philosophy of Psychology. Wittgenstein on Language, Mind and Mythology; S.S. Hilmy. Emotion: Remarks on Wittgenstein and William James; J. Schulte. Wittgenstein and Memory; G. Frongia. How Ludwig Wittgenstein would have Reacted to Recent Changes in Psychology; F.G. Wallner. Index of Names. Index of Subjects.
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