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Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein

Hello everyone I hope the holidays went ok for everyone and Happy New Year and wishing everyone and myself a good start to the new year.

For our January Meet Up we will read and discuss "Philosophical Investigations" by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein. Suggested by member Heidi.

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. He was professor in philosophy at the University of Cambridge from 1939 until 1947.

Philosophical Investigations is unique in its approach to philosophy. A typical philosophical text presents a philosophical problem, summarizes and critiques various alternative approaches to solving it, presents its own approach, and then argues in favour of that approach. In contrast, Wittgenstein's book treats philosophy as an activity, rather along the lines of Socrates's famous method of maieutics; he has the reader work through various problems, participating actively in the investigation. Rather than presenting a philosophical problem and its solution, Wittgenstein engages in a dialogue, where he provides a thought experiment (a hypothetical example or situation), describes how one might be inclined to think about it, and then shows why that inclination suffers from conceptual confusion.

Languages method meaning and use, Family resemblances, language games, rules and many other things in his investigations. The book was published posthumously and should provide a good evening of entertainment and discussion. So plan on bringing your post new years eve celebration and see you on January 2, 2013

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  • A former member
    A former member

    My library has "The Blue and Brown Books" Wittgenstein's preliminary studies for "Philosophical Investigations". He wrote these studies for his Cambridge students and it is very readable...I picked this up just after this storm began and will curl up on the couch with Ludwig!!! Stay safe everyone.
    My copy of "Wittgensteins Poker" has disppeared. There was a rather famous confrontation between our boy and Karl Popper, another German philosopher as Ludwig used a fireplace poker for punctuation! He was a man of passion. Read all about this online.
    See everyone on Jan 2.

    December 26, 2012

  • Vincent

    There are around sixty two copies of this book in the clevenet system.

    December 14, 2012

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