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Wittgenstein'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 Details

ISBN: 9780415256452
ISBN-10: 0415256453
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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).

Books By Author Oswald Hanfling

Wittgenstein and the Human Form of Life by Oswald Hanfling

Wittgenstein and the Human Form of Life

Paperback, October 2006
Philosophy and Ordinary Language by Oswald Hanfling

Philosophy and Ordinary Language

Paperback, October 2003
Philosophical Aesthetics by Oswald Hanfling

Philosophical Aesthetics

Paperback, January 1992
Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy by Oswald Hanfling

Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy

Hardback, June 1989