Wittgenstein and the Possibility of Discourse, 2nd Edition
May 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
Preface: The Fundamental Problems of Philosphy.
Note in Editing.
Analytic Table of Contents.
PART ONE: PHILOSOPHY AND LANGUAGE.
I. Plato, Language and the Growth of Understanding.
II. 'What is Language?'.
III. The Reality of Language.
PART TWO: GAMES AND LANGUAGE.
IV. Discussion and Discourse.
V. Games, Calculations, Discussions and Conversations.
PART THREE: BEYOND WITTGENSTEIN'S BUILDERS.
VI. Signals and Saying Something.
VII. Language: A Family of Games?.
VIII. Understanding What is Said.
IX. Wittgenstein's Builders A Recapitulation.
PART FOUR: BELONGING TO LANGUAGE.
X. Conversation and Institutions.
XI. Language and Generality.
XII. Language, Speaking and Common Intelligibilty.
XIII. Philosoply, Life and Language.
Appendix: On Wittgenstein.
Rush Rhees: A Biographical Sketch.
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.
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.
- Updated edition of this original critique of Wittgenstein’s analogy between language and games.
- Rush Rhees was one of Wittgenstein’s literary executors and closest friends, as well as being an outstanding philosopher in his own right.
- D.Z. Phillips was Director of the Rush Rhees Archive and the Associated Centre for Wittgensteinian Studies.
- Constitutes a major contribution to Wittgenstein scholarship and to philosophical debates about the possibility of discourse.
- The second edition includes as a preface Rhees’ article, ‘The Fundamental Problems of Philosophy’, first published in 1994.
- It also includes as a second appendix some of Rhees’ reflections of Wittgenstein, his teacher.