Author(s): A.C. Grayling
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an extraordinarily original philospher, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking goes well beyond philosophy itself. In this book, which aims to make Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the general non-specialist reader, A. C. Grayling explains the nature and impact of Wittgenstein's views. He describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and gives a fresh assessment of Wittgenstein's continuing influence on contemporary thought.
1. Life and character; THE EARLY PHILOSOPHY; 2. Aims and background; 3. The argument of the Tractatus; 4. Some comments and questions; 5. The influence of the early philosophy; THE LATER PHILOSOPHY; 6. The transitional period; 7. Method, meaning, and use; 8. Understanding and rule following; 9. 'Forms of life', private language, and criteria; 10. Mind and knowledge; 11. Some reflections and comments; 12. Wittgenstein and recent philosophy; Further reading; Index