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The Great Riddle


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Preface Lecture One: Nonsense and Theology: Exhausting the Options? Lecture Two: The Flounder and the Fisherman's Wife: Tractarian Ethics, the Mystical, and the Religious Lecture Three: Grammatical Thomism: Five Ways of Refusing to Make Sense Lecture Four: Analogical Uses and the Projectiveness of Words: Wittgenstein's Vision of Language Lecture Five: Perfections and Transcendentals: Wittgenstein's Vision of Philosophy Lecture Six: Authority and Revelation: Philosophy and Theology Epilogue

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Stephen Mulhall is Professor of Philosophy and Fellow of New College, Oxford. He was previously a Prize Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford and a Reader in Philosophy at the University of Essex.


Stephen Mulhall's recent book derived from his 2014 Stanton Lectures is a well written, carefully argued and sophisticated contribution which centrally rests upon a resolute reading of the early Wittgenstein. His project is to take the resolute reading combined with several other additional ways of reading Wittgenstein, such as Malcolm on analogy, to bring out hitherto unnoticed aspects of his work and offer a properly philosophically grounded articulation of grammatical Thomism. As the chapters progress there are steadily increasing layers of sophisticated Wittgenstein interpretation, such as that involving analogy, which build upon each other to claim that his later work has a perfectionist dimension which relates to the concerns of moral perfectionism and 'perfection' and 'transcendentals'. * Mark Addis, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online *

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