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Wittgenstein and the Possibility of Discourse, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-3250-3
352 pages
May 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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This original critique of Wittgenstein’s analogy between language and games, written by one of the philosopher’s literary executors and closest friends, has now been updated to include two additional articles.
  • 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.
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    Note to the second edition vii

    Preface: The Fundamental Problem of Philosophy viii

    Note in editing xxi

    Introduction xxv

    Analytic table of contents xlv

    Part One Philosophy and Language

    I Plato, language and the growth of understanding 3

    II “What is language 21

    III The reality of language 33

    Part Two Games and Language

    IV Discussion and discourse 65

    V Games, calculations, discussions and conversations 81

    Part Three Beyond Wittgenstein’s Builders

    VI Signals and saying something 97

    VII Language: a family of games? 116

    VIII Understanding what is said 130

    IX Wittgenstein’s builders – recapitulation 151

    Part Four Belonging to Language

    X Conversation and institutions 173

    XI Language and generality 181

    XII Language, speaking and common intelligibility 210

    XIII Philosophy, life and language 243

    Appendix: On Wittgenstein 257

    Rush Rhees: a biographical sketch 266

    Index 276

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    Author Biography

    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.

    Editor Biography

    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.

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    • 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.
    See More
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