A Wittgensteinian Way with Paradoxes
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A Wittgensteinian way with paradoxes tackles some of the classic philosophical paradoxes that have puzzled philosophers over the centuries and explores how they can be dissolved using the 'therapeutic' method of Wittgenstein, according to the 'resolute' reading of the latter's work. The book shows how, by contrast, we should give more serious consideration to real, 'lived paradoxes', some of which can be harmful psychically, morally or politically, but others of which can be beneficial.show more

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  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 589.67g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739168967
  • 9780739168967

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Rupert Read seems to be a spoilsport, until you realize how serious and important his objectives are in this book. He explains away several brain-teasing paradoxes, and he uses those explanations to illustrate and illuminate themes in philosophy, in general, and Wittgenstein, in particular. However, he also investigates subjects such as racism and self-hatred that greatly affect our lives outside of the classroom or study. -- Don Levi, University of Oregon A fascinating study, by a major Wittgensteinian, of Wittgenstein's seemingly paradoxical view of paradox: on one hand, mere confusion in a philosopher's use of words; on the other, the deepest expression of our human nature. In these lively and powerfully illuminating essays, Rupert Read takes us to the very heart of Wittgenstein's enterprise, offering one way of understanding the sense in which this crucial figure of modern thought both was and was not an anti-philosopher. -- Louis A. Sass, author of The Paradoxes of Delusion: Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mindshow more

About Rupert Read

Rupert Read is reader in philosophy at the University of East Anglia.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: The Paradoxes of (Philosophical) Delusion Part I. Away with Philosophers' Paradoxes Chapter 1: Pre-empting Russell's Paradox: Wittgenstein and Frege Against Logicism Chapter 2: 'Time Travel': The Very Idea Chapter 3: A Paradox for Chomsky: On Our Being Through and Through 'Inside' Language Chapter 4: Kripke's Rule-Following Paradox - and Kripke's Conjuring Trick Chapter 5: The Unstatability of Kripkian Scepticisms Chapter 6: Heaps of Trouble: 'Logically Alien Thought' and the Dissolution of "Sorites" Paradoxes Chapter 7: The Dissolution of the 'Surprise Exam' Paradox - and its Implications for Rational Choice Theory Part II. A Way with Lived Paradoxes Chapter 8: Swastikas and Cyborgs: The Significance of PI 420, for Reading Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations as a 'War Book' Chapter 9: From Moore's Paradox to 'Wittgenstein's Paradox'?: On Lived Paradox in Cases of (Moral and) Mental Ill-Health Chapter 10: Lived 'Reductio Ad Absurdum': A Paradoxical and Proper Method of Philosophy, and of Life Chapter 11: Leaving Things As It Is (sic.): Philosophy and Life 'After' Wittgenstein and Zen Chapter 12: Conclusion: On Lived Paradoxesshow more