- Hardcover: 246 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (January 16, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0631231277
- ISBN-13: 978-0631231271
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philosophical Investigations: The German Text, with a Revised English Translation 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition 3rd Edition
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The Investigations is widely considered to be one of the most influential philosophical texts of the last century. Although it touches on a range of issues including logic and philosophy of the mind it is largely focused on issues pertaining to the philosophy of language. That said, I share the view that Wittgenstein is difficult to categorize - in many ways he stands outside the mainstream of philosophy.
I have occasionally heard it said that Wittgenstein is appealing and accessible to non-philosophers. Undoubtedly this will vary from reader to reader, however, I think a good understanding of the philosophical questions of the time is essential to getting the most out of Wittgenstein - he spends little time framing the issues under discussion and without this background many of his musings may seem meaningless.
From a historic perspective this is one of the most important works in twentieth century philosophy, on a more basic level it is a choppy and poorly constructed work. I struggle with Wittgenstein, sometimes viewing him as trivial other times as profound. Clearly, many great thinkers are in the latter camp, as are ironically many neophytes who want to appear as if they understand Wittgenstein.
Overall, this is an excellent edition of a modern day classic - an essential addition to any serous student's library. I would not, however, recommend this as an entry point to the world of philosophy.
It is 246 pages long but amounts to 123 pages text if you don't read the left hand page, written in German, to read instead the right, which is in English.
Where a person can pick up something thick by Kant to follow a mind of angelic brilliance and think he understands what he just read but has a devil of a time paraphrasing it,reading Wittgenstein provides a different reader experience. W repeats and repeats and repeats his basic insight with masterful rephrasing for 123 pages.
Wittgenstein writes a 123 page long Zen koan. Philosophy students learn to get the koan.
For me, the book repeats the idea that what I think I mean in words and grope toward saying in other words and do say in badly expressed words to the other guy will not be absolutely understood because what he hears filters through a really tiny mesh of misunderstood life experience so what gets through in words is different because his understanding of the words is as baseless as mine.
He absolutely asserts there is no absolute way to move an idea from one person to another because the vehicle for movement is language which does not connect to anything absolute. As Sly Stone asserted in Rocky, "Absolutely."
In my imagination I have fancied using this book for dramatic effect on a plane. I see myself reading, smiling sardonically, and writing rude things in the margin. This is something I saw Clint Eastwood do in a movie and I would like to be as cool as Clint. What would probably happen is a sky marshall, alerted by a flight attendant who had a masters in philosophy , would come down the aisle, cuff me, and punch out my lights because he was a post doc in philosophy before he got stuck in the air cop gig. And he really liked Wittgenstein.
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