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Beyond the Inner and the Outer

Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Psychology

  • Authors
  • Michel Ter Hark

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 214)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Michel Ter Hark
    Pages 25-42
  3. Michel Ter Hark
    Pages 43-72
  4. Michel Ter Hark
    Pages 73-117
  5. Michel Ter Hark
    Pages 118-159
  6. Michel Ter Hark
    Pages 160-190
  7. Michel Ter Hark
    Pages 191-265
  8. Michel Ter Hark
    Pages 266-285
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 286-340

About this book

Introduction

Wittgenstein's aphoristic style holds great charm, but also a great danger: the reader is apt to glean too much from a single fragment and too little from the fragments as a whole. In my first confron­ tations with the Philosophical Investigations I was such a reader, and so, it turned out, were most of the writers on Wittgenstein's later philosophy. Wittgenstein's remarkable ability to bring together many facets of his thought in one fragment is fully exploited in the critical literature; but hardly any attention is paid to the connection with other fragments, let alone to the many hitherto unpublished manuscripts of which the Philosophical Investigations is the final product. The result of this fragmentary and ahistorical approach to Wittgenstein's later work is a host of contradictory interpretations. What Wittgenstein really wanted to say remains insufficiently clear. Opinions are also strongly divided about the value of his work. Some authors have been encouraged by his aphorisms and rhetorical questions to dismiss the whole Cartesian tradition or to halt new movements in linguistics or psychology; others, exasperated, reject his philo­ sophy as anti-scientific conceptual conservatism. After consulting unpublished notebooks and manuscripts which Wittgenstein wrote between 1929 and 1951, I became a very different reader. Wittgenstein turned out to be a kind of Leonardo da Vinci, who pursued a form from which every sign of chisel­ ling, every attempt at improvement, had been effaced.

Keywords

Ludwig Wittgenstein Seele knowledge language

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-2089-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7438-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2089-7
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