Wittgenstein: Understanding and Meaning: Volume 1 of an Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations, Part II: Exegesis §§1-184, 2nd Edition
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
Introduction to Part II: Exegesis.
Note to the paperback edition 2009.
The history of the composition of the Philosophical Investigations.
An overview of the structure and argument of the Philosophical Investigations.
Chapter 1 The Augustinian conception of language (§§1–27(a)).
Chapter 2 Illusions of naming: ostensive definition, logically proper names, simples and samples, and analysis (§§27(b)–64).
Chapter 3 Family resemblance, determinacy of sense, and the quest for essence (§§65–88).
Chapter 4 Philosophy (§§89–133).
Chapter 5 The general propositional form (§§134–42).
Chapter 6 Understanding and ability (§§143–84).
P.M.S. Hacker is the leading authority on the philosophy of Wittgenstein. He is author of the four-volume Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations, the first two volumes co-authored with G.P. Baker (Blackwell, 1980–96) and of Wittgenstein’s Place in Twentieth-century Analytic Philosophy (Blackwell, 1996). His other previous works include The Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience (Blackwell, 2003) and History of Cognitive Neuroscience (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), both co-authored with M.R. Bennett. Most recently he has published Human Nature: The Categorical Framework (Blackwell, 2007), the first volume of a trilogy on human nature.Together with Joachim Schulte, he has produced the 4th edition and extensively revised translation of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2009).
- New edition of the first volume of the monumental four-volume Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations.
- Takes into account much material that was unavailable when the first edition was written.
- Following Baker’s death in 2002, P.M.S. Hacker has thoroughly revised the first volume, rewriting many essays and sections of exegesis completely.
- Part One – the Essays – now includes two completely new essays: 'Meaning and Use' and 'The Recantation of a Metaphysician'.
- Part Two – Exegesis §§1–184 – has been thoroughly revised in the light of the electronic publication of Wittgenstein’s Nachlass, and includes many new interpretations of the remarks, a history of the composition of the book, and an overview of its structure.
- The revisions will ensure that this remains the definitive reference work on Wittgenstein’s masterpiece for the foreseeable future.
"[Baker and Hacker] exhibit persuasively and lucidly the order, not to say structure, underlying the apparently haphazard assemblage of paragraphs constituting the printed text of the Investigations. Their detailed knowledge of the corpus of Wittgenstein's writings, published and unpublished, allows them to cast light on otherwise obscure remarks in the Investigations from a variety of additional perspectives. This procedure frequently explains the purpose of the remarks in question, the identity of the thinker or thesis against which they are directed, and so on." Review of Metaphysics
"[The authors'] detailed textual comments are placed within a carefully thought out view of the structure of the whole. It thus provides a model for understanding Wittgenstein." Philosophical Studies
“Wittgenstein: Meaning and Understanding is a sort of compendium which I wouldn't want to do without. As a matter of fact, I cannot do without it, both in the sense that I need it to get all kinds of historical or philological information, as well as philosophical stimulation, and in the sense that I have become addicted to the book's magisterial way of bringing out and dealing with the difficulties of Wittgenstein's masterpiece.” Joachim Schulte, University of Bielefeld