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Wittgenstein's Method: Neglected Aspects

Wittgenstein's Method: Neglected Aspects

Gordon P. Baker, Katherine J. Morris (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-75308-8

Jan 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

328 pages

Description

This is a collection of the key articles written by renowned Wittgenstein scholar, G.P. Baker, on Wittgenstein’s later philosophy, published posthumously.

  • Following Baker’s death in 2002, the volume has been edited by collaborator and partner, Katherine Morris.
  • Contains articles previously only available in other languages, and one previously unpublished paper.
  • Completely distinct from the widely-known work Baker did with P.M.S. Hacker in the Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations (Blackwell Publishing, 1980-1996).
Acknowledgements ix 

Introduction by Katherine J. Morris 1

Part I: Reading Wittgenstein 19

A. Methodological Concepts: 21

1. Philosophical Investigations §122: Neglected Aspects 22

2. Some Remarks on ‘Language’ and ‘Grammar’ 52

3. Wittgenstein’s ‘Depth Grammar’ 73

4. Wittgenstein on Metaphysical/Everyday Use 92

B. Applications: the ‘Private Language Argument': 108

5. The Reception of the Private Language Argument 109

6. Wittgenstein’s Method and the Private Language Argument 119

7. The Private Language Argument (extract) 130

Part II: Wittgenstein and Waismann: 141

A. The Analogy with Psychoanalysis: 143

8. ‘Our’ Method of Thinking about ‘Thinking’ 144

9. A Vision of Philosophy 179

10. Wittgenstein’s Method and Psychoanalysis 205

B. Aspects and Conceptions: 223

11. Italics in Wittgenstein 224

12. Wittgenstein: Concepts or Conceptions? 260

13. The Grammar of Aspects and Aspects of Grammar 279

Bibliography of the Works of Gordon Baker 294

General Bibliography 299

Index 305

Gordon Baker, together with P. M . S. Hacker, was instrumental in the elaboration of what has become the standard interpretation of Wittgenstein's later work. In a dramatic turnabout, in his later years, Baker came to the conclusion that that interpretation, which he had done so much to help consolidate, was fundamentally flawed, exegetically and philosophically. He embarked on the task of putting forward a radically new interpretation of Wittgenstein's later philosophy -- an interpretation which has seemed to some to be a perverse dismantling of his life's work, while seeming to others, myself included, to open up exciting new possibilities and to help put us in a position to better understand what Wittgenstein was really up to. Baker was in the midst of developing this new interpretation in a series of articles, when his tragic early death brought the project to an abrupt halt. This volume collects those articles. Any serious student of Wittgenstein's philosophy will want to own this book. James Conant, University of Chicago

`The essays in this volume are replete with a wealth of historical and linguistic detail. They contain the combination of careful textual exegesis and rigorous analysis which was characteristic of Baker's work generally.' Dr Mark Addis, International Journal of Philosophical Studies (2005)


  • A collection of the key articles written by renowned Wittgenstein scholar, G.P. Baker, on Wittgenstein’s later philosophy.
  • Following Baker’s death in 2002, the volume has been edited by collaborator and partner, Katherine Morris.
  • Contains articles previously only available in other languages, and one previously unpublished paper.
  • Completely distinct from the widely-known work Baker did with P.M.S. Hacker in the Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations (Blackwell Publishing, 1980-1996).