Download The Uses of Sense: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language by Charles Travis PDF

By Charles Travis

This e-book presents a singular interpretation of the information approximately language in Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. Travis areas the "private language argument" within the context of wider topics within the Investigations, and thereby develops an image of what it really is for phrases to undergo the which means they do. He elaborates models of a personal language argument, and indicates the results of those for present tendencies within the philosophical idea of which means.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Uses of Sense: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language PDF

Best history & surveys books

Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy

Greater than thirty eminent students from 9 varied international locations have contributed to The Cambridge background of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy - the main accomplished and up to date heritage of the topic to be had in English. For the eighteenth century the dominant inspiration in philosophy used to be human nature and so it truly is round this idea that the paintings is headquartered.

The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change

A entire heritage of global philosophy, this publication can also be a social background of world highbrow existence. Eschewing polemics, it provides a cosmopolitan view of the a number of cultures of worldwide background, disintegrates stereotypes of local cultures, and divulges how creativity is pushed via more than a few conflicting positions in each one neighborhood.

Kant's Transcendental Proof of Realism

This ebook is the 1st exact examine of Kant's approach to 'transcendental mirrored image' and its use within the Critique of natural cause to spot our easy human cognitive capacities, and to justify Kant's transcendental proofs of the mandatory a priori stipulations for the potential for self-conscious human adventure.

Kant and the Interests of Reason

This ebook argues that we will be able to purely advance a formal clutch of Kant’s sensible philosophy if we relish the imperative function performed in it by way of the suggestion of the pursuits of cause. whereas it really is normally stated that Kant doesn't regard cause as a merely instrumental college, this e-book is the 1st to teach how his inspiration of cause as guided through its personal pursuits deals the major to a few of the main perplexing points of his sensible philosophy.

Extra resources for The Uses of Sense: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language

Example text

A similar approach to mystery and revelation is also explored by Levinas in his analyses of the Old Testament. In Beyond the Verse, he writes: A Revelation that can also be called mystery; not a mystery which dispels clarity, but one that demands it with an increased intensity. An invitation to intelligence, which at the same time, by the mystery from which it comes, protects it against the ‘dangers’ of truth. (1982a:162; 1994:133, 213; translation slightly modified) The mysterious does not resist clarity as a reactionary, obscurantist force would.

For the ‘beautiful soul’, who turns to nature for inspiring nourishment, the devices of the landscape garden would be the equivalent of deception (Betrug). What would he make of the theatricality of, for example, Alexander Pope’s employment of a man to be a hermit, to live in moral and aesthetic reclusion in his grotto at Twickenham? Maybe the country gentleman should resign himself to the ‘vigorous’, sublime grief that Kant describes (1990a:§29 204; 1988a:130) rather than hope to find an adequate form in nature for his moral aspirations for society.

These reflections on blind spots are in themselves most illuminating: they open up theoretical possibilities mis-recognised by Kant himself. As a consequence, this study is no simplistic psychoanalytical reading of Kantian symptoms,6 or a brilliant revelation of the repressed items of his system. The troublesome points that I will address are in full evidence in Kant’s works, not deviously hidden away. Implied in my re-readings of Kant, therefore, is the suggestion that blind spots are not to be attributed solely to the Enlightenment period: they are instead indicative of Western metaphysics in general.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.58 of 5 – based on 46 votes