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Wittgenstein's Whewell's Court Lectures: Cambridge, 1938 - 1941, From the Notes by Yorick Smythies

ISBN: 978-1-119-16633-7
392 pages
May 2017
Wittgenstein

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Wittgenstein’s Whewell’s Court Lectures contains previously unpublished notes from lectures given by Ludwig Wittgenstein between 1938 and 1941. The volume offers new insight into the development of Wittgenstein’s thought and includes some of the finest examples of Wittgenstein’s lectures in regard to both content and reliability.

  • Many notes in this text refer to lectures from which no other detailed notes survive, offering new contexts to Wittgenstein’s examples and metaphors, and providing a more thorough and systematic treatment of many topics
  • Each set of notes is accompanied by an editorial introduction, a physical description and dating of the notes, and a summary of their relation to Wittgenstein’s Nachlass
  • Offers new insight into the development of Wittgenstein’s ideas, in particular his ideas about certainty and concept-formation
  • The lectures include more than 70 illustrations of blackboard drawings, which underline the importance of visual thought in Wittgenstein’s approach to philosophy
  • Challenges the dating of some already published lecture notes, including the Lectures on Freedom of the Will and the Lectures on Religious Belief
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Editorial Introduction xiv

List of Editorial Conventions xx

Abbreviations xxii

WHEWELL’S COURT LECTURES, CAMBRIDGE 1938–1941 1

1 Lectures on Knowledge 6
⟨Easter Term 1938⟩

2 Lectures on Necessary Propositions and Other Topics 50
⟨Easter Term 1938⟩

Lectures on Gödel 50

Puzzle of Trinity College 57

Necessary Propositions 62

Continuation. (Notes taken by J.C.T.) 72

‘Absolutely Determinate’ 74

Continuous Band of Colours 76

Are There an Infinite Number of Shades of Colour? 77

‘All There’: Logical Necessity 78

Achilles and the Tortoise 82

Infinitesimal Calculus and Free Will 83

3 Lectures on Similarity 88
⟨Michaelmas Term 1939⟩

4 Lectures on Description 137
⟨Lent Term 1940⟩

5 Wittgenstein’s Reply to a Paper by Y. Smythies on ‘Understanding’ 190
⟨Lent Term 1940⟩

6 Lectures on Belief 203
⟨Easter Term 1940⟩

7 Lectures on Volition 254
⟨Michaelmas Term 1940⟩

8 Lectures on Freedom of the Will 282
⟨Lent Term 1941⟩

Appendix 297

9 Y. Smythies’ 1940 Paper on ‘Understanding’ 300

10 Preparatory Notes for Y. Smythies’ 1945 Paper on ‘Meaning’ 308

11 The King of the Dark Chamber, by Rabindranath Tagore, translated from the English of Rabindranath Tagore into the English used 327
L. Wittgenstein and Yorick Smythies

12 Comments Prompted by the Notes Taken From Wittgenstein’s Lectures on Volition and on Freewill 336
Y. Smythies

Bibliography 348

Index 000

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Author Information

Volker A. Munz is Assistant Professor at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. He is the editor of Language and World (with Klaus Puhl and Joseph Wang, 2010), Mind, Language and Action (with Daniele Moyal-Sharrock and Annalisa Coliva, 2015), the author of Satz und Sinn. Bemerkungen zur Sprachphilosophie Wittgensteins (2005), as well as numerous essays.

Bernhard Ritter is University Assistant at the University of Klagenfurt. He has published articles on Kant and Wittgenstein and is the author of the forthcoming Kant and Post-Tractarian Wittgenstein: Transcendentalism, Idealism, Illusion.

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