Then more explanations and clarifications based on students' lecture notes, and so forth. If you already have a firm grasp of Wittgenstein's publication chronology, and you're already passingly familiar with Wittgenstein's theories and their chronological development--then this book is for you. But it's probably then too basic to provide much insight.
Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find. Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers.
So with all the problems, why am I giving it three stars? Well, it's a book on Wittgenstein's theories that can be read and gasp understood.
It's short enough that it won't kill you to read it, and the author knows his Wittgenstein. One final tongue-in-cheek note--while reading the book I occasionally had the paranoid feeling that the author was trying to mystically convey Wittgenstein's linguistic theories by meta-fictionally representing them in twisted chronological analysis.
The idea that analytic truth is truth-by-meaning, then, can be cashed out as its definability in terms of logical truth plus synonymy: an analytic truth is one that can be transformed into a truth of logic by substituting synonyms for synonyms FLPV WP , rewritten to suit styles used here. When Michael Kierkegaard held dinner parties, which were attended by the intellectual and religious elite of Copenhagen, he allowed Soren to listen to the conversation that took place at the dinner table; afterwards he would tell the young boy to sit in each of the empty chairs and present the views and arguments of each guest in turn. When we look at these debates it becomes clear that Kierkegaard's philosophy developed in response to them, and this provides a context that sheds much light on his authorship. Skip to main content. This philosophical project - which is still ongoing - was largely inspired by Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, who both, independently of one another, brought the problem of nihilism to light. In his explicitly religious writings, which take a short biblical text as their point of departure, Kierkegaard treats the scriptures as a mirror in which the reader puts her own subjectivity to the test.
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The book is lucidly written, and provides a clear overview of Wittgenstein's views and their relevance, without, however, shying away from the many difficult issues involved in Wittgenstein's thought. I especially liked the emphasis on the complex development of Wittgenstein's thought and the attention that is given to questions regarding Wittgenstein's methodology. In these two respects the book is unique among the many introductions that are available. The book is critical of Wittgenstein's views where it should be, yet succeeds in making a strong case why he remains such an important and fascinating figure in philosophy.
For an audience with some background in philosophy I think this is an excellent work.
Highly recommended. It is useful not only as an introduction for newcomers to Wittgenstein, but also for people who want to compare Wittgenstein's reflections on philosophical issues with alternative non-analytical philosophical views, such as, for example, the notions of proposition and judgment as found in Hegel.
The introduction to Wittgenstein's middle and later philosophy is lucid, and Addis' discussions, especially in Chapter 8, allow the possibility of a thorough interaction of his philosophy not only with Continental philosophy, but also with intercultural philosophy.
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