Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy

Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy

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This volume comprises nine lively and insightful essays by leading scholars on the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, focusing mainly on his early work. The essays are written from a range of perspectives and do not belong to any one exegetical school; they approach Wittgenstein's work directly, seeking to understand it in its own terms and by reference to the context in which it was produced. The contributors cover a wide range of aspects of Wittgenstein's early
philosophy, but three central themes emerge: the relationship between Wittgenstein's account of representation and Russell's theories of judgment; the role of objects in the tractarian system; and Wittgenstein's philosophical method. Collectively, the essays demonstrate how progress in the understanding
of Wittgenstein's work is not to be made by focusing on overarching, ideological issues, but by paying close attention to his engagement with specific philosophical problems.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 163 x 236 x 22mm | 596g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0199691525
  • 9780199691524
  • 1,791,805

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Russell, Wittgenstein and Synthesis in Thought ; 2. Early Wittgenstein on Judgment ; 3. The Tractatus and the Unity of the Proposition ; 4. Simple Objects ; 5. Reference, Simplicity and Necessary Existence in the Tractatus ; 6. What Can You Do with the General Propositional Form? ; 7. Russell's Merit ; 8. Naturalism and 'Turning our Examination Round' ; 9. Two Cheers for the 'New' Wittgenstein? ; Index
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Review quote

no one interested in Wittgensteins early philosophy and its place in early analytic philosophy can afford to pass this volume by. * Sanford Shieh, Wesleyan University, USA, The Philosophical Quarterly * This collection is a worthwhile addition to the voluminous studies in Wittgenstein's early philosophy. Zalabardo is to be thanked for having assembled these high-quality and stimulating essays. * Hao Tang, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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About Jose L. Zalabardo

Jose L. Zalabardo is a reader at the University College London Philosophy Department. He was born in Madrid, and educated at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, the University of St. Andrews and the University of Michigan, where he obtained a PhD in 1994. He was a lecturer at the University of Birmingham from 1994 to 2000, when he joined UCL. He has published numerous articles in academic journals and collective volumes. He is also the author of
Introduction to the Theory of Logic (Westview Press, 2000) and Scepticism and Reliable Belief (OUP, forthcoming).
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