I hope I have now set out how Wittgenstein’s approach to philosophy evolved, informed by his understanding of the nature of its concerns. In this chapter I will illustrate its virtues by contrasting it with approaches that seek to provide philosophical explanations. In particular, I hope to show the limits of the latter view of what philosophy can achieve by showing in what respect it is not possible to explain consciousness or resolve the rule-following paradox, as Wittgenstein’s treatment of these phenomena is representative his general approach to fundamental topics.
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