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This Complicated Form of Life: Essays on Wittgenstein Newton Garver

This Complicated Form of Life: Essays on Wittgenstein

Newton Garver

Published August 1st 1994
ISBN : 9780812692532
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340 pages
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Wittgenstein has most often been treated as a thinker whose ideas can be discussed independently of any intellectual tradition. The thrust of this work, by a leading exponent of Wittgensteins thought, is to insist upon - and to demonstrate in detailMoreWittgenstein has most often been treated as a thinker whose ideas can be discussed independently of any intellectual tradition. The thrust of this work, by a leading exponent of Wittgensteins thought, is to insist upon - and to demonstrate in detail - the mutual relevance of Wittgensteins work and the tradition of Western philosophy. Far from overthrowing or stepping outside that tradition, Wittgenstein builds on it, draws from it, and contributes brilliantly to the fruition of certain elements in it. In This Complicated Form of Life, Garver analyzes from several angles Wittgensteins relationship to Kant, and to what Finch has called Wittgensteins completion of Kants revolt against the Cartesian hegemony of epistemology in philosophy. But with respect to the givenness of this complicated form of life, Wittgenstein appears closer to Aristotle than to Kant. Seeing Wittgenstein within the Western philosophical tradition requires a fresh look at Wittgenstein as well as at the tradition. Among the themes of this work: that the principal metaphysical claim of the Tractatus is that the world is the totality of facts- that grammar is the key to Wittgensteins later work because philosophy is a form of grammar- and that a certain sort of transcendentality pervades Wittgensteins thought.