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Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations
Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations
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William H. Brenner - Author
SUNY Series in Philosophy
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 200 pages
Release Date: June 1999
ISBN10: 0-7914-4201-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4201-2

Price: $32.95 
Paperback - 200 pages
Release Date: June 1999
ISBN10: 0-7914-4202-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4202-9

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An imaginative and exciting exposition of major themes from Wittgenstein's mature philosophy.

An imaginative and exciting exposition of themes from Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, this book helps readers find their way around the "forest of remarks" that make up this classic. Chapters on language, mind, color, number, God, value, and philosophy develop a major theme: that there are various kinds of language use--a variety philosophy needs to look at but tends to overlook.

"Brenner shows excellent judgment in selecting which themes of Wittgenstein's work to emphasize--this is very important in a book of this sort. He gives his readers a very good idea of the range of Wittgenstein's concerns and how they hang together. The choice of topics is very balanced, including major topics in philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, and crucial themes like the relation between grammar and metaphysics. Brenner is particularly good at helping the reader grasp the kind of philosophical clarity at which Wittgenstein aimed, and he connects this aim beautifully with Wittgenstein's remarks about religion. Brenner is excellent at picking illuminating examples: his little dialogues should be particularly helpful to readers and will also be useful to teachers who want to stimulate discussion. Again and again, Brenner picks out exactly what is important.

"Brenner is outstanding as a commentator on Wittgenstein, combining a real sensitivity to the texts (and to Wittgenstein's aims) with an awareness of the needs of his audience. I would not have thought it possible to have combined real accessibility to non-specialists with such a firm and subtle understanding of Wittgenstein. There is simply no other work I know of that makes Wittgenstein accessible at this level. That it does so with such distinguished scholarship, and with such sensitivity, is really remarkable." -- Cora Diamond, University of Virginia

"Freshly and clearly written, it is accessible to laymen but also of great interest to experts. Brenner's choice of topics--imaginative and exciting--is the book's greatest strength." -- Jonathan Westphal, Idaho State University

William H. Brenner is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University. He is the translator, with John F. Holley, of Joachim Schulte's Wittgenstein: An Introduction, also published by SUNY Press, and the aansfr of Logic and Philosophy: An Integrated Introduction.

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Table of Contents




Chapter One

Thales to Wittgenstein

Chapter Two
The Philosophical Investigations

Philosophical Investigation
Pictures of the Essence of Language
Logic and Philosophy
Following a Rule
Aspect Perception
Concept Formation
The Concept of the Soul

Chapter Three
Sensation and the Soul

Sensations, Beetles, and "Private Language"
The Soulless Tribe

Chapter Four
Color and Number

Color Grammar
Arithmetic as Grammar

Chapter Five

Theology as Grammar
Religions, Language, and Ethics

Chapter Six

Philosophy and the Yearning for the Transcendent


Index to Sections in Philosophical Investigations


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