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Description - Wittgenstein and the Possibility of Discourse by Rush Rhees

Four years after the publication of Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, Rush Rhees, one of Wittgenstein's literary executors and closest friends, began writing reflections on the masterpiece he had helped to edit. In this collection of his previously unpublished writings, Rhees offers an original critique of Wittgenstein's analogy between language and games. The volume constitutes a major contribution not only to Wittgenstein scholarship, but also to philosophical debates about the possibility of discourse, and to why conversation is central to that possibility. For the second edition, D.Z. Philips has inserted as a preface Rhees' article, 'The Fundamental Problems of Philosophy', first published in 1994. This paper gives a clear picture of Rhees' view of the distinctive nature of philosophical questions and of the character shown in a deep pursuit of them. Secondly, Philips has included as an additional appendix, some of Rhees' reflections on Wittgenstein, his teacher. The book's index has also been enhanced.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405132503
ISBN-10: 1405132507
Format: Paperback
(226mm x 168mm x 18mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Rush Rhees

Author Biography Rush Rhees (1905-1989) taught philosophy at the University of Swansea from 1940 to 1966, where he was subsequently made an Honorary Professor and Fellow. Among his principal teachers he included Alfred Kastil, John Anderson, G.E. Moore and, above all, Ludwig Wittgenstein. He was one of Wittgenstein s literary executors and closest friends, as well as being an outstanding philosopher in his own right. Editor Biography D.Z. Phillips was Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Rush Rhees Professor Emeritus at the University of Wales, Swansea and Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. He was also Director of the Rush Rhees Archive, Swansea and the Associated Centre for Wittgensteinian Studies. He co-edited Wittgenstein: Attention to Particulars (1989), a collection in Rhees' honour, and was the editor of seven of Rhees works published posthumously.

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