Wittgenstein: Meaning and Mind: Meaning and Mind, Volume 3 of an Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations, Part I: Essays
October 1993, Wiley-Blackwell
This commentary, like its predecessors, is indispensable for the study of Wittgenstein and is essential reading for students of the philosophy of mind.
A fourth and final volume, entitled Wittgenstein: Mind and Will will complete the commentary.
Part I: The Private Language (SS 243-315):.
The Private Language Arguments.
Private Ostensive Definition.
Men, Minds and Machines.
Avowals and Descriptions.
Behaviour and Behaviouralism.
The Inner and the outer.
Part II: Thought (SS 316-62):.
Thinking: methodological muddles and categorial confusions.
Thinking: the soul of language.
Part III: Imagination (SS 363-97): .
Images and Imagination.
Part IV: The Self and Self-Reference (SS 398-411): .
I and my self.
Part V: Consciousness (SS 411-27):.
The World of Consciousness.
- The first two volumes are - Volume I: Wittgenstein: Understanding and Meaning (Blackwell, 1983), subsequently published as two paperbacks, Wittgenstein: Meaning and Understanding and An Analytical Commentary on Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations (both Blackwell, 1985); Volume II: Wittgenstein: Rules, Grammar and Necessity, published in hardback and paperback (Blackwell, 1985).
- These first two volumes were co-authored with Dr G. P. Baker.
- This volume is the penultimate volume in the planned four volume work.
"Baker and Hacker skilfully conduct the reader through the tangles of controversy that surround the topics of sense and Meaning. They have an admirable grasp of the whole corpus of Wittgenstein's writings, and they constantly display the sharp contrasts between Wittgenstein's thought and currently influential 'scientific' semantics." Norman Malcolm, Times Literacy Supplement
"For someone who wants to understand, point for point and in detail, how Wittgenstein's later philosophy upsets the philosophies of Russell, Frege and the Tractatus, this is the book to read." Philosophical Books
On Volume 2: "The authors showed in the first volume that they had in fukll measure the combination of scholarship and philosophical excellence neede to expound and illuminate the intracies of the text. That combination is apparent on every page of the present work." B. Rundle, Philosophical Investigations