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- Wittgenstein and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind
- Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Mind
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
Wittgenstein and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind
This new collection containing eleven original essays, an introduction, and a foreword aims to make a case for the value of Wittgenstein's writings for contemporary philosophy of mind. This important aim is, in my judgment, achieved to a very significant extent. The collection is a good one, and makes a most welcome addition to the literature. With that said, it should also be pointed out that the task the editors set is challenging, not least because so much has happened in philosophy of mind that Wittgenstein never considered, developments for which his approach to philosophical problems has relevance without this relevance being obvious. Furthermore, philosophy today proceeds more and more into relatively isolated sub-disciplines where contributors discuss each other's work without always seeing all relevant ways of asking more general questions. To some extent this is a product of the sheer size of the philosophical community; few people have a good overview of what is happening. The volume is a push towards better integration of philosophical insights: a contrary force to the centrifugal forces in operation.
Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Mind
Considered by some to be the greatest philosopher of the 20th century, Ludwig Wittgenstein played a central, if controversial, role in 20th-century analytic philosophy. He continues to influence current philosophical thought in topics as diverse as logic and language, perception and intention, ethics and religion, aesthetics and culture. In more recent scholarship, this division has been questioned: some interpreters have claimed a unity between all stages of his thought, while others talk of a more nuanced division, adding stages such as the middle Wittgenstein and the third Wittgenstein. Still, it is commonly acknowledged that the early Wittgenstein is epitomized in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. By showing the application of modern logic to metaphysics, via language, he provided new insights into the relations between world, thought and language and thereby into the nature of philosophy. It is the later Wittgenstein, mostly recognized in the Philosophical Investigations , who took the more revolutionary step in critiquing all of traditional philosophy including its climax in his own early work.
Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. Beckermann Published Philosophy. For a short period of time in the middle of the last century, at least in Europe, Wittgenstein was the measure of all things in philosophy and especially in the philosophy of mind. The private language argument had shown the conception of the mind going back to Descartes and Locke to be principally flawed — or so the consensus was. Mental phenomena are not essentially private, and there simply cannot be mental states without any observable criteria at all.
The teaching and writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein were largely responsible for bringing the philosophy of mind into its central position in philosophy in the English-speaking countries in the s and s. But other works which were thought to derive from his ideas often exerted a more immediate and a more specific influence on the topics discussed and on the way the subject was pursued. It determined both the form and the content of most treatments of particular issues in the philosophy of mind in Oxford and therefore in Britain and in much of America for more than a decade after its appearance in Chapter Three of P. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
Part of the Contemporary philosophy/La philosophie contemporaine book series Ameriks, K.  Recent Work on Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Mind.
Wittgenstein is the most important philosopher of the twentieth century. He offers a sustained critique of many of the most common assumptions underlying much contemporary philosophy of mind and language. He explores, among other things, the questions of how meaning and rule-following are possible, whether I can know even those things that are normally taken for granted — such as that I have hands — and whether there can be such a thing as a 'private language'. This module aims to introduce you to some of the central ideas in Wittgenstein's philosophical writings. Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:.
Philosophy of mind is a branch of philosophy that studies the ontology and nature of the mind and its relationship with the body. The mind—body problem is a paradigmatic issue in philosophy of mind, although a number of other issues are addressed, such as the hard problem of consciousness and the nature of particular mental states. Dualism and monism are the two central schools of thought on the mind—body problem, although nuanced views have arisen that do not fit one or the other category neatly.
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