A Wittgenstein Dictionary by Hans-Johann Glock

By Hans-Johann Glock

This lucid and obtainable dictionary provides technical phrases that Wittgenstein brought into philosophical debate or reworked considerably, and likewise subject matters to which he made a considerable contribution. Hans-Johann Glock locations Wittgenstein's rules of their relevance to present debates. The entries delineate Wittgenstein's strains of argument on specific concerns, assessing their strengths and weaknesses, and make clear basic exegetical controversies.The dictionary entries are prefaced via a 'Sketch of a highbrow Biography', which hyperlinks the fundamental issues of the early and later philosophy and describes the final improvement of Wittgenstein's considering. huge textual references, a close index and an annotated bibliography will facilitate extra learn. Authoritative, accomplished and transparent, the amount might be welcomed through an individual with an curiosity in Wittgenstein - his existence, paintings or influence.Each Blackwell thinker Dictionary offers the lifestyles and paintings of a person thinker in a scholarly yet available demeanour. Entries hide key rules and strategies, in addition to the most issues of the philosopher's works. A finished biographical cartoon is usually integrated.

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The possibility of 'I thought I knew' does not count against the possibility of 'I know' (OC §12). Wittgenstein sometimes concedes Moore's use of 'I know' and con­ centrates on the crucial point, namely the contrast between these uses and ordinary empirical knowledge claims (OC §§288, 397, 520, 552). Moore's propositions play a 'peculiar logical role in the system of our empirical pro­ positions'. They constitute the 'scaffolding' of our thoughts, the 'foundations' of our language-games, the 'hinges' on which our questions and doubts turn, our 'world-picture', 'the inherited background against which [we] dis­ tinguish between true and false' (OC §§94-5, 136, 211, 308, 341-3, 401-3, 614, 655).

He blames the ubiquitous temptation of assimilating the two on the fact that reasons, like Humean causes, are gen­ eral, and on the impression that in the first-person case we are aware of our reasons as causes 'seen from the inside' (BB 15; see PG 228; PI §378; PLP 119-22). He makes a few points to distinguish the reasons for believing that p or for Oing from the causes, often in the context of criticizing Freud's view of psychoanalytic explanations as causal (though unfortunately without developing them at any length).

R'). He toyed with two lines of analysis. 16). ' The second line of analysis involves the idea that colours like red are composed of simpler elements - unanalysable shades of colour. (1) and (2) are analysed into propositions which ascribe a certain 'quantity' of red and green respectively to A, plus a supplementary clause stating 'and nothing else', which means that their conjunction is a contradiction (MS 105; RLF; PR ch. VHI; BT 473-85). Unfortunately, as Ramsey detected, both analyses only push the problem one step back (Mathematics 279-80).

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