The Magic Prism: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language by Howard Wettstein PDF

By Howard Wettstein

The past due twentieth century observed nice flow within the philosophy of language, frequently serious of the fathers of the subject--Gottlieb Frege and Bertrand Russell--but occasionally supportive of (or even protective approximately) the paintings of the fathers. Howard Wettstein's sympathies lie with the critics. yet he says that they have got usually misconceived their serious venture, treating it in ways in which are technically concentrated and that omit the deeper implications in their progressive problem. Wettstein argues that Wittgenstein--a determine with whom the critics of Frege and Russell are usually unsympathetic--laid the basis for far of what's relatively innovative during this past due twentieth century movement.

The topic itself can be of significant curiosity, when you consider that philosophy of language has functioned as a type of origin for a lot of twentieth century philosophy. yet actually it continues to be a topic for experts, because the rules are tough and the mode of presentation is frequently really technical. during this e-book, Wettstein brings the non-specialist into the dialog (especially in early chapters); he additionally reconceives the controversy in a fashion that avoids technical formula. The Magic Prism is meant for pro philosophers, graduate scholars, and top department undergraduates.

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