Rails to Infinity
Essays on Themes from Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations
By (author) Crispin Wright
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Rails to Infinity by Crispin Wright
Book DescriptionThis volume, published on the fiftieth anniversary of Wittgenstein's death, brings together 13 of Crispin Wright's most influential essays on Wittgenstein's later philosophies of language and mind, many hard to obtain, including the first publication of his Whitehead Lectures given at Harvard in 1996. Organized into four groups, the essays focus on issues about following a rule and the objectivity of meaning; on Saul Kripke's contribution to the interpretation of Wittgenstein; on privacy and self-knowledge; and on aspects of Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics. Wright uses the cutting edge of Wittgenstein's thought to expose and undermine the common assumptions in platonistic views of mathematical and logical objectivity and Cartesian ideas about self-knowledge. The great question remains: How to react to the demise of these assumptions? In response, the essays develop a concerted, evolving approach to the possibilities - and limitations - of constructive philosophies of mathematics and mind.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674005044
(235mm x 155mm x 41mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Crispin Wright
Reason's Proper Study, Paperback (November 2003)
Addresses fundamental questions: What is mathematics about, and, How do we know it? This work features introduction, postscript, bibliographies, and an essay on a key problem. It offers a presentation of the controversial neo-Fregean view that mathematical knowledge may be based a priori on logic and definitional abstraction principles.
Saving the Differences, Hardback (July 2003)
Crispin Wright's "Truth and Objectivity" brought about a reorientation of the metaphysical debates concerning realism and truth. The essays in this companion volume prefigure, elaborate or defend the proposals put forward in that landmark work.
Knowing Our Own Minds, Paperback (October 2000)
Self-knowledge is the focus of considerable attention from philosophers. This title gives an overview of work on the subject. It contains essays that demonstrate the special relevance of self-knowledge to a broad range of issues in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language.
Companion to Philosophy of Language, Paperback (April 1999)» View all books by Crispin Wright
This volume provides a survey of contemporary philosophy of language. As well as providing a synoptic view of the key issues, figures, concepts and debates, each essay makes new and original contributions to ongoing debate.
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Author Biography - Crispin Wright
Crispin Wright is Leverhulme Research Professor and Bishop Wardlaw Professor at the University of St. Andrews and is Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.
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