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Naturalism and ‘Turning our Examination Round’

Marie McGinn

in Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691524
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742262 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691524.003.0009
Naturalism and ‘Turning our Examination Round’

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In his later work, Wittgenstein attacks the tendency to sublime the logic of our language that he finds in Russell and his own earlier philosophy. This chapter argues that this tendency should be taken to include, not only our craving for generality, but also the temptation to picture meaning as a remarkable act of mind. The chapter then discusses the strategies employed by the later Wittgenstein to undermine both aspects of this tendency.

Keywords: Wittgenstein; Russell; Tractatus; generality; sublimation; meaning

Chapter.  8296 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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