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Beyond the Inner and the Outer

Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Psychology

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Part of the book series: Synthese Library (SYLI, volume 214)

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Wittgenstein's aphoristic style holds great charm, but also a great danger: the reader is apt to glean too much from a single fragment and too little from the fragments as a whole. In my first confron­ tations with the Philosophical Investigations I was such a reader, and so, it turned out, were most of the writers on Wittgenstein's later philosophy. Wittgenstein's remarkable ability to bring together many facets of his thought in one fragment is fully exploited in the critical literature; but hardly any attention is paid to the connection with other fragments, let alone to the many hitherto unpublished manuscripts of which the Philosophical Investigations is the final product. The result of this fragmentary and ahistorical approach to Wittgenstein's later work is a host of contradictory interpretations. What Wittgenstein really wanted to say remains insufficiently clear. Opinions are also strongly divided about the value of his work. Some authors have been encouraged by his aphorisms and rhetorical questions to dismiss the whole Cartesian tradition or to halt new movements in linguistics or psychology; others, exasperated, reject his philo­ sophy as anti-scientific conceptual conservatism. After consulting unpublished notebooks and manuscripts which Wittgenstein wrote between 1929 and 1951, I became a very different reader. Wittgenstein turned out to be a kind of Leonardo da Vinci, who pursued a form from which every sign of chisel­ ling, every attempt at improvement, had been effaced.

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Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Beyond the Inner and the Outer

  • Book Subtitle: Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Psychology

  • Authors: Michel Hark

  • Series Title: Synthese Library

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-2089-7

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-7923-0850-8Published: 31 August 1990

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-010-7438-4Published: 27 September 2011

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-009-2089-7Published: 06 December 2012

  • Series ISSN: 0166-6991

  • Series E-ISSN: 2542-8292

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 340

  • Additional Information: Originally published in Dutch

  • Topics: Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

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