Wittgenstein and the Human Form of Life
By (author) Oswald Hanfling
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Wittgenstein and the Human Form of Life by Oswald Hanfling
Book DescriptionWittgenstein's later writings generate a great deal of controversy and debate, as do the implications of his ideas for such topics as consciousness, knowledge, language and the arts. Oswald Hanfling addresses a widespeard tendency to ascribe to Wittgenstein views that go beyond those he actually held. Separate chapters deal with important topics such as the private language argument, rule-following, the problem of other minds, and the ascription of scepticism to Wittgenstein. Describing Wittgenstein as a 'humanist' thinker, he contrasts his views on language, art humanity and philosophy itself with those of scientifically minded philosophers. He argues that 'the human form of life' calls for a kind of understanding that cfannot be achieved by the methods of emirical science; that consiousness, for example, cannot properly be regarded as a property of the bran; and that the resulting 'problem of consoiusness is an illusion. Wittgenstein and the Human Form of Life is essential reading for anyone interested in Wittgenstein's approach to what it means to be human. It will be invaluable to all Wittgenstein scholars, and all who are interested in the philosophy of mind, language and aesthetics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415256452
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Oswald Hanfling
Philosophy and Ordinary Language, Paperback (October 2003)
A defence of the view that philosophy is largely about questions of language, which to a large extent means ordinary language, Hanfling shows that this view does not entail that philosophy is less deep and difficult than it is usually taken to be.
Philosophical Aesthetics, Paperback (January 1992)
This volume contains surveys of the main issues in philosophical aesthetics, as discussed by thinkers from ancient Greece to modern times.
Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy, Hardback (June 1989)» View all books by Oswald Hanfling
This book begins with an account of Wittgenstein's "Tractatus" and "Philosophical Investigations" and then attempts to apply his ideas to long-standing problems about language, knowledge, the mind and philosophy itself. There is an examination of Wittgenstein's "private language" argument.
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Author Biography - Oswald Hanfling
Oswald Hanfling is a former Professor of Philosophy at the Open University. In addition to his many papers on Wittgenstein, he is the author of several books including Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy (1989) and Philosophy and Ordinary Language (Routledge, 2000).
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