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The realistic spirit, a nonmetaphysical approach to philosophical thought concerned with the character of philosophy itself, informs all of the discussions in these important essays by philosopher Cora Diamond. Diamond explains Wittgenstein's notoriously elusive later writings, including his criticism of the Tractatus, explores the background to his thought in the work of Frege, and discusses ethics in a way that reflects his influence. Diamond's new reading of Wittgenstein challenges currently accepted interpretations and shows what it means to look without mythology at the coherence, commitments, and connections that are distinctive of the mind.

Diamond's essays express a particular view of how Wittgenstein's philosophical writings hang together. She shows the development of Wittgenstein's thought in relation to the central question about what constitutes a philosophical treatment of the mind. The idea that Wittgenstein progressed from philosophical realism to antirealism is examined and criticized in several essays; and an alternative account is developed, emphasizing his criticisms of metaphysics and of traditional philosophies which mislead by laying down requirements of argument that subsequently distort what we say and do. While the nature of rationality—the relation between mind and reality—occupies a central place in Diamond's essays, she also develops a view of ethics that is distinct from current views such as utilitarianism, Kantian ethical theories, and virtue theories. Written in a realistic spirit, Diamond's essays on ethics reveal how Wittgenstein's radically different sort of philosophy can affect our thinking about our own lives.

Representation and Mind series

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This text explains Wittgenstein's notoriously elusive later writings, explores the background to his thought in the work of Frege and discusses ethics in a way that reflects his influence.

Synopsis:

The realistic spirit, a nonmetaphysical approach to philosophical thought concerned with the character of philosophy itself, informs all of the discussions in these essays by philosopher Cora Diamond. Diamond explains Wittgenstein's notoriously elusive later writings, explores the background to his thought in the work of Frege, and discusses ethics in a way that reflects his influence. Diamond's new reading of Wittgenstein challenges currently accepted interpretations and shows what it means to look without mythology at the coherence, commitments, and connections that are distinctive of the mind.

Representation and Mind series

About the Author

Cora Diamond is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262540742
Subtitle:
Wittgenstein, Philosophy, and the Mind
Author:
Diamond, Cora
Author:
Putnam, Hilary
Author:
Block, Ned
Publisher:
A Bradford Book
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Wittgenstein, ludwig, 1889-1951
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Representation and Mind series The Realistic Spirit
Publication Date:
19950302
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Pages:
412
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , The realistic spirit, a nonmetaphysical approach to philosophical thought concerned with the character of philosophy itself, informs all of the discussions in these essays by philosopher Cora Diamond. Diamond explains Wittgenstein's notoriously elusive later writings, explores the background to his thought in the work of Frege, and discusses ethics in a way that reflects his influence. Diamond's new reading of Wittgenstein challenges currently accepted interpretations and shows what it means to look without mythology at the coherence, commitments, and connections that are distinctive of the mind.

Representation and Mind series

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