A Wittgenstein Dictionary by Hans-Johann Glock

By Hans-Johann Glock

This lucid and available dictionary provides technical phrases that Wittgenstein brought into philosophical debate or reworked considerably, and likewise issues to which he made a considerable contribution. Hans-Johann Glock areas Wittgenstein's rules of their relevance to present debates. The entries delineate Wittgenstein's traces of argument on specific concerns, assessing their strengths and weaknesses, and make clear primary exegetical controversies.The dictionary entries are prefaced through a 'Sketch of a highbrow Biography', which hyperlinks the elemental issues of the early and later philosophy and describes the final improvement of Wittgenstein's pondering. vast textual references, a close index and an annotated bibliography will facilitate extra research. Authoritative, entire and transparent, the amount might be welcomed through an individual with an curiosity in Wittgenstein - his existence, paintings or influence.Each Blackwell thinker Dictionary offers the existence and paintings of anyone thinker in a scholarly yet available demeanour. Entries hide key principles and recommendations, in addition to the most topics of the philosopher's works. A finished biographical caricature can be integrated.

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In reply it has been argued that we can only derive indefinitely many contradictions by (tacitiy) drawing inferences from a contradiction, which would mean that Wittgenstein's rule would prevent the derivation of contradictions. But Witt­ genstein himself acknowledged that the contradiction can be contained only if we can survey the system, which means that ultimately the solution to the emergence of a contradiction is to disentangle ourselves from the confusions engendered by our own rules. Once we have done so, the straightforward solution is to modify the system, for example, by declaring one of two con­ flicting rules obsolete (RFM 209; PI §125; LFM 210).

The line between rule-following and acting in accordance with a rule has been blurred. Wittgenstein is right to insist that rules cannot be hidden in the sense that we are denied access to them, or transcendent, incapable of playing a role in our practice. However, he fails to show that we cannot make discoveries of some kind. Instead, he makes out a case for thinking that these will reveal language to be structured not by logical calculi, but by the diverse and complex patterns and subde nuances highlighted by ordinary language philosophy.

At the ultimate level, the sense of an elementary proposition is a function of its constituent names, that is, both of their meanings — the objects they represent - and of their logical form, their combinatorial possi­ bilities. By the same token, the role of names is to contribute to the deter­ mination of the sense of elementary propositions. Alas, both rationales show at best that names must be capable of occurring in propositions, not that they have meaning only when they actually occur in propositions, as the restrictive principle requires.

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