Wittgenstein's Metaphilosophy, by Horwich, Paul
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- ISBN: 9780199661121 | 019966112X
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 2/8/2013
Paul Horwich presents an original interpretation of Ludwig Wittgenstein's later writings, arguing that it is Wittgenstein's radically anti-theoretical metaphilosophy--and not his identification of the meaning of a word with its use--that lies at the foundation of his discussions of specific issues concerning language, the mind, mathematics, knowledge, art, and religion. He gives a clear account of Wittgenstein's hyper-deflationist view of what philosophy is, howit should be conducted, and what it might achieve; defends this view against a variety of objections; and examines the application of this view to language and to experience. Horwich's account might appear controversial, but is vindicated by the power and plausibility of the philosophy that results from it.