Wittgenstein and the Possibility of Discourse, 2nd Edition
May 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
Note to the second edition vii
Preface: The Fundamental Problem of Philosophy viii
Note in editing xxi
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
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.