No serious philosopher or student of philosophy can afford to neglect Wittgenstein's work. Professor Fogelin provides an authoritative critical evaluation of both the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations, enabling the reader to come to grips with these difficult yet key works.
Fogelin explains Wittgenstein's attempt in the Tractatus to combine a picture theory of propositional structure, and also explores Wittgenstein's own criticisms of the Tractarian synthesis. He gives particular attention to topics in the philosophy of language, logic, psychology and the foundations of mathematics, examining Wittgenstein's work on these fields and arguing that Wittgenstein's criticisms in these areas form the basis for a radically new standpoint in philosophy.
A new edition of the classic text critically evaluating Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosphicus and the Philosophical Investigations. Although students of philosophy have to struggle with Wittgenstein, his work is notoriously difficult and obscure. Fogelin (philosophy, Dartmouth College) provides a vital service in explaining its theories, and the concordant topics of language, logic, psychology, and mathematics. The second edition has been revised for clarity and simplicity. Any clarification would be helpful. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)