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Wittgenstein, Mind and Meaning: Towards a Social Conception of Mind [Paperback]

Meredith Williams
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October 20, 2002 0415287561 978-0415287562
Wittgenstein, Mind and Meaning offers a provocative re-reading of Wittgenstein's later writings on language and mind, and explores the tensions between Wittgenstein's ideas and contemporary cognitivist conceptions of the mental. This book addresses both Wittgenstein's later works as well as contemporary issues in philosophy of mind. It provides fresh insight into the later Wittgenstein and raises vital questions about the foundations of cognitivism and its wider implications for psychology and cognitive science.

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'Wittgenstein, Mind and Meaning represents one of the most subtle and sustained developments available of the communitarian or social reading of Wittgenstein's later work.'
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'A remarkably clear and immensely rewarding book.'
- Philosophical Investigations

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Meredith Williams is Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Series: Towards a Social Conception of Mind
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (October 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415287561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415287562
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,676,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highest Recommendation July 22, 2000
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Every chapter in this collection is excellent. But "Rules, Community and the Individual" (Chapter 6) is one of the best articles ever written about Wittgenstein's thought. I have learned so much from this book. I could never put my finger on what I intuitively disliked about the Baker/Hacker "internal relation" argument. Professor Williams' analysis reveals the missing link. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Wittgenstein, especially those who think they know "what Wittgenstein said."
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding and original treatment of Wittgenstein,, September 18, 1999
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Meredith Williams is one of the United States' foremost Wittgenstein scholars. Her book encompasses many significant and lively issues in the philosophy of mind, psychology and language. Hers is a refreshingly original voice: lucid, rigorous, reflective - but, above all, profoundly informed by a range of philosophical traditions and arguments.
Her work is, on its face, an attack against neo-cartesianism in the behavioral and neurosciences, but its scope is actually far wider than that. She takes on a range of currently fashionable positions in philosophy and logic with a deft and professional style which makes her a unique contributor to the debates in which she engages so powerfully.
I recommend this book to all serious philosophers and students of mind, psychology, social sciences and biology.
You will encounter in this text a truly original voice in the contemporary intellectual scene.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant pedagogic discourse. Difficult but enlightening December 31, 2004
This book is not for those who may have difficulty navigating the academic discourse of post-modern linguistic philosophy. But if one has an ear for the dialect, the author's development of the implications of a latter-Wittgensteinian approach to meaning is, I believe, unparalleled, refreshing, and imaginatively insightful. Rather than interpreting the subject from within (ultimately leading to philosophical implosion), the trajectory is drawn with an attack on the representational theory of mind, through the work of the Russian psychologist L.S. Vygotsky, into nebulous conclusions that may well beneficially impact education, social theory, and the cognitive sciences in general. If you can hack the academics, it's the best book on the subject I've seen.
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