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Wittgenstein's Method

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Acknowledgements ix Introduction by Katherine J. Morris 1 Part I: Reading Wittgenstein 19 A. Methodological Concepts: 21 1. Philosophical Investigations 122: Neglected Aspects 22 2. Some Remarks on Language and Grammar 52 3. Wittgenstein s Depth Grammar 73 4. Wittgenstein on Metaphysical/Everyday Use 92 B. Applications: the Private Language Argument': 108 5. The Reception of the Private Language Argument 109 6. Wittgenstein s Method and the Private Language Argument 119 7. The Private Language Argument (extract) 130 Part II: Wittgenstein and Waismann: 141 A. The Analogy with Psychoanalysis: 143 8. Our Method of Thinking about Thinking 144 9. A Vision of Philosophy 179 10. Wittgenstein s Method and Psychoanalysis 205 B. Aspects and Conceptions: 223 11. Italics in Wittgenstein 224 12. Wittgenstein: Concepts or Conceptions? 260 13. The Grammar of Aspects and Aspects of Grammar 279 Bibliography of the Works of Gordon Baker 294 General Bibliography 299 Index 305

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G.P. Baker was a Fellow of St John s College, Oxford from 1967 until his death in 2002. He is the co-author with P.M.S. Hacker of a number of books on Wittgenstein, including the first two volumes of the four-volume Analytical Commentary on the Philosophical Investigations (Blackwell Publishing 1980-1996), and with Katherine Morris of Descartes Dualism (1996). He also wrote numerous articles on Wittgenstein, Frege, Russell, Waismann and Descartes. Katherine Morris is a Lecturer and Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford University. She and G.P. Baker co-authored Descartes Dualism (1996). She has published a number of articles on Wittgenstein, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Descartes, and is the author of Sartre (forthcoming from Blackwell Publishing).


Gordon Baker, together with P. M . S. Hacker, was instrumental in the elaboration of what has become the standard interpretation of Wittgenstein's later work. In a dramatic turnabout, in his later years, Baker came to the conclusion that that interpretation, which he had done so much to help consolidate, was fundamentally flawed, exegetically and philosophically. He embarked on the task of putting forward a radically new interpretation of Wittgenstein's later philosophy -- an interpretation which has seemed to some to be a perverse dismantling of his life's work, while seeming to others, myself included, to open up exciting new possibilities and to help put us in a position to better understand what Wittgenstein was really up to. Baker was in the midst of developing this new interpretation in a series of articles, when his tragic early death brought the project to an abrupt halt. This volume collects those articles. Any serious student of Wittgenstein's philosophy will want to own this book. James Conant, University of Chicago 'The essays in this volume are replete with a wealth of historical and linguistic detail. They contain the combination of careful textual exegesis and rigorous analysis which was characteristic of Baker's work generally.' Dr Mark Addis, International Journal of Philosophical Studies (2005)

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