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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 18: later Wittgenstein

The later Wittgenstein was drifting away from his original thoughts (which I had summarized here).  He began to think now that meaningful language wasn’t just the picturing of sensory or scientific facts in the world (as well as logic and maths).  He did such a volte-face that he now said in effect: Words mean what you use them for in the context you share with your audience (i.e. the ‘language-game’…

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Analytic Philosophy Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: chapter 17: Early Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein’s thought is divided into early and late Wittgenstein. There was a radical break between them. The early W. said that statements, unless they are of logic or maths, only have meaning if they refer to facts.  This stimulated other philosophers into Logical Positivism which said just about the same thing: ‘Facts’ have to be verifiable.   But the later W. then did an about-turn and said that words mean what…

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