How to do Philosophy : A Wittgensteinian Reading of Wittgenstein.

By: McFee, GrahamPublisher: Newcastle-upon-Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Edition: 1st edDescription: 1 online resource (422 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781443884273Subject(s): PhilosophyGenre/Form: Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: How to do Philosophy : A Wittgensteinian Reading of WittgensteinDDC classification: 192 LOC classification: B3376.W564 -- .M344 2015ebOnline resources: Click to View
Contents:
Intro -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Bibliographic Conventions for Wittgenstein's Texts -- Chapter One -- Introduction -- Wittgenstein's life -- Wittgenstein's fate in contemporary philosophy -- Structure of this book -- Why attend to the texts? -- Availability of Wittgenstein's texts -- Chapter Two -- Introduction -- Wittgenstein's project: and three 'errors' identified? -- Baker's context -- Confronting the past of philosophy -- The therapeutic conception -- Slow cure? -- An example of philosophy's bewitchment … Freedom of the Will-Wittgenstein's standpoint -- Some residual issues -- Perspicuous representation -- Moving forward -- Chapter Three -- Introduction -- 'Phases' in the later philosophy? -- Being a Wittgenstein detective -- Thinking about 'projected works' -- Some useful categories -- PI (Part One) -- Below the line? -- PI (Part Two) = PPF -- Two cases for 'special status' -- Problematic works 1 -- Problematic works 2 -- Self fulfilling prophesies (OC, ROC, LWPP II) and Conclusion -- Chapter Four -- Introduction -- History of the material -- Some comments on the editing -- Some mysteries of Ms 169 -- Enter the 'third Wittgenstein' -- Considering the 'third Wittgenstein' -- The problem of the texts -- Does OC have a distinctive topic? -- Is there a methodological break? -- The upshot -- Appendix -- Introduction -- Some ideas from TLP -- Biographical information and the Resolute reading of TLP? -- "My propositions"? -- Chapter Five -- Introduction -- Elaborating some differences -- Taking issue -- Wittgenstein and psychoanalysis -- A model for philosophical therapy? -- Contrasting pictures and confronting 'mere' possibilities -- The impact of Baker's Wittgenstein -- or, How substantialare houses of cards? -- Doing justice? -- Where next? -- Chapter Six -- Introduction -- Locating the Private Language considerations.
Four strategies -- Why is PLA taken as a reductio? -- Peering into the text -- The irrelevance of communication -- A place for private ostensive definition? -- Describing (and referring to) sensations -- The limits of perplexity -- Some sources for Wittgenstein -- Making sense of the project -- And now for something completely different? -- Conclusion -- Chapter Seven -- Introduction -- Appreciating the performing arts -- Art and aspect-perception -- The problem of empathy in literature -- What might be learned from inter-personal empathy? -- Empathy and text-processing: some empirical considerations -- Empathy -- Empathy: the upshot -- Conclusion -- Appendix -- Autobiographical preamble -- Setting the scene -- What is determinism? -- An issue for philosophy? -- Causality and exceptionlessness -- Entertaining interferers -- Causality and agency -- Humanistic explanation -- Frege's insight here -- Practical constraints on free action? -- Two constraints on practical freedom -- A third constraint -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary: Why should the philosophical achievement of Ludwig Wittgenstein be taken seriously in the twenty-first century? This text answers this question by elaborating the distinctive therapeutic conception of philosophy defended in Wittgenstein's later work, typified by Philosophical Investigations. Here, Wittgenstein's highly contextual, problem-specific and person-specific conception of the philosophical project is clarified with reference to his own writings. In so doing, this text challenges contemporary failures to properly acknowledge all publications from those writings as posthumous, Nachlass (Legacy), or to treat judiciously the material published from that Legacy. Explicitly following Gordon Baker's last essays (Wittgenstein's Method: Neglected Aspects, 2004), and drawing on biographical sources as well as scholarly ones, the text addresses Wittgenstein's published oeuvre. Importantly, this exposition gives weight to the Big Typescript (2005) and Voices of Wittgenstein (2003), as two "projected works" attempting to present Wittgenstein's philosophical agenda. Further, Wittgenstein's very last writings are argued here to constitute a single, broadly unified project, rebutting the suggestion of a "third Wittgenstein". Moreover, the book sketches philosophical discussions conducted in line with Wittgenstein's own conception of philosophy's project to continue chains of examples of the kind he used in exposition of it.
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Intro -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Bibliographic Conventions for Wittgenstein's Texts -- Chapter One -- Introduction -- Wittgenstein's life -- Wittgenstein's fate in contemporary philosophy -- Structure of this book -- Why attend to the texts? -- Availability of Wittgenstein's texts -- Chapter Two -- Introduction -- Wittgenstein's project: and three 'errors' identified? -- Baker's context -- Confronting the past of philosophy -- The therapeutic conception -- Slow cure? -- An example of philosophy's bewitchment … Freedom of the Will-Wittgenstein's standpoint -- Some residual issues -- Perspicuous representation -- Moving forward -- Chapter Three -- Introduction -- 'Phases' in the later philosophy? -- Being a Wittgenstein detective -- Thinking about 'projected works' -- Some useful categories -- PI (Part One) -- Below the line? -- PI (Part Two) = PPF -- Two cases for 'special status' -- Problematic works 1 -- Problematic works 2 -- Self fulfilling prophesies (OC, ROC, LWPP II) and Conclusion -- Chapter Four -- Introduction -- History of the material -- Some comments on the editing -- Some mysteries of Ms 169 -- Enter the 'third Wittgenstein' -- Considering the 'third Wittgenstein' -- The problem of the texts -- Does OC have a distinctive topic? -- Is there a methodological break? -- The upshot -- Appendix -- Introduction -- Some ideas from TLP -- Biographical information and the Resolute reading of TLP? -- "My propositions"? -- Chapter Five -- Introduction -- Elaborating some differences -- Taking issue -- Wittgenstein and psychoanalysis -- A model for philosophical therapy? -- Contrasting pictures and confronting 'mere' possibilities -- The impact of Baker's Wittgenstein -- or, How substantialare houses of cards? -- Doing justice? -- Where next? -- Chapter Six -- Introduction -- Locating the Private Language considerations.

Four strategies -- Why is PLA taken as a reductio? -- Peering into the text -- The irrelevance of communication -- A place for private ostensive definition? -- Describing (and referring to) sensations -- The limits of perplexity -- Some sources for Wittgenstein -- Making sense of the project -- And now for something completely different? -- Conclusion -- Chapter Seven -- Introduction -- Appreciating the performing arts -- Art and aspect-perception -- The problem of empathy in literature -- What might be learned from inter-personal empathy? -- Empathy and text-processing: some empirical considerations -- Empathy -- Empathy: the upshot -- Conclusion -- Appendix -- Autobiographical preamble -- Setting the scene -- What is determinism? -- An issue for philosophy? -- Causality and exceptionlessness -- Entertaining interferers -- Causality and agency -- Humanistic explanation -- Frege's insight here -- Practical constraints on free action? -- Two constraints on practical freedom -- A third constraint -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

Why should the philosophical achievement of Ludwig Wittgenstein be taken seriously in the twenty-first century? This text answers this question by elaborating the distinctive therapeutic conception of philosophy defended in Wittgenstein's later work, typified by Philosophical Investigations. Here, Wittgenstein's highly contextual, problem-specific and person-specific conception of the philosophical project is clarified with reference to his own writings. In so doing, this text challenges contemporary failures to properly acknowledge all publications from those writings as posthumous, Nachlass (Legacy), or to treat judiciously the material published from that Legacy. Explicitly following Gordon Baker's last essays (Wittgenstein's Method: Neglected Aspects, 2004), and drawing on biographical sources as well as scholarly ones, the text addresses Wittgenstein's published oeuvre. Importantly, this exposition gives weight to the Big Typescript (2005) and Voices of Wittgenstein (2003), as two "projected works" attempting to present Wittgenstein's philosophical agenda. Further, Wittgenstein's very last writings are argued here to constitute a single, broadly unified project, rebutting the suggestion of a "third Wittgenstein". Moreover, the book sketches philosophical discussions conducted in line with Wittgenstein's own conception of philosophy's project to continue chains of examples of the kind he used in exposition of it.

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