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The Blue and Brown Books (Preliminary Studies for the Philosophical Investigations) First Paperback Edition Edition
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Ultimately, to understand Wittgenstein one must read the "Philosophical Investigations"; this volume can only assist an advanced student of Wittgenstein in coming to terms with his philosophy, and cannot, in my opinion, serve as introduction to the investigations. Instead, I suggest reading the Investigations along with an introductory or exegetical text such as A. Kenny's "Wittgenstein" or P.M.S. Hacker's "Insight and Illusion", or any number of other texts written with the same purpose in mind.
To sum up: this book is recommended for advanced students as an ancillary to the "Investigations", not as a separate text.
Here is some late-breaking news. A few years after posting this review, I finally published a real paper about Wittgenstein. The following paper contains several pages about Wittgenstein, that is, about his analysis of the meaning of the word, "expectation." My article got published in early 2010:
Brody, T. (2010) Obviousness in patents following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision of KSR International Co. v. Teleflex, Inc. in Journal Patent Trademark Office Society 92:26-70.
To summarize, W.'s philosophy first of all shows how the grammar of our language makes us think that mental acts (or mental processes, mental images, or feelings), of which we are conscious, are required for our various language games. Again and again, W.Read more ›
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