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Wittgenstein, Revised Edition

Wittgenstein, Revised Edition

Sir Anthony Kenny

ISBN: 978-1-405-15449-9

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

216 pages

$40.99

Description

This revised edition of Sir Anthony Kenny’s classic work on Wittgenstein contains a new introduction which covers developments in Wittgenstein scholarship since the book was first published.

  • Widely praised for providing a lucid and historically informed account of Wittgenstein’s core philosophical concerns.
  • Demonstrates the continuity between Wittgenstein’s early and later writings.
  • Provides a persuasive argument for the unity of Wittgenstein’s thought.
  • Kenny also assesses Wittgenstein’s influence in the latter part of the twentieth century.

Preface vii

Abbreviations in References to Works by Wittgenstein ix

Introduction to the Revised Edition xi

1 Biographical Sketch of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy 1

2 The Legacy of Frege and Russell 15

3 The Criticism of Principia 35

4 The Picture Theory of the Proposition 44

5 The Metaphysics of Logical Atomism 58

6 The Dismantling of Logical Atomism 82

7 Anticipation, Intentionality and Verification 96

8 Understanding, Thinking and Meaning 111

9 Language-Games 126

10 Private Languages 141

11 On Scepticism and Certainty 160

12 The Continuity of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy 173

Suggestions for Further Reading 184

Index 186

'Kenny's book remains the best general introduction to Wittgenstein’s work as a whole. Careful, clear, persistent in its pursuit of puzzles, but always stylish and accessible, it will take even a beginner deep into the most difficult issues raised by Wittgenstein’s texts, while still being helpful and provocative to advanced students and scholars.'
--Michael Morris, University of Sussex


'…Sir Anthony’s remains the most useful critical introduction to Wittgenstein’s life and thought. The updated introduction is more than welcome. Among students and, especially, teachers of Wittgenstein, the long-awaited re-release of this classic is cause for celebration.'
--Richard Kortum, East Tennessee State University


  • A revised edition of Sir Anthony Kenny’s classic introduction to Wittgenstein.

  • Widely praised for providing a lucid and historically informed account of Wittgenstein’s core philosophical concerns.

  • Demonstrates the continuity between Wittgenstein’s early and later writings.

  • Provides a persuasive argument for the unity of Wittgenstein’s thought.

  • Includes an extensive new introduction outlining developments in Wittgenstein scholarship since the book was first published.

  • Kenny also assesses Wittgenstein’s influence in the latter part of the twentieth century.