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Wittgenstein and Gadamer

Towards a Post-analytic Philosophy of Language


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Wittgenstein and Gadamer by Chris Lawn

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The book focuses on how Wittgenstein and Gadamer treat language in their accounts of language as game and their major writings on the subject - Philosophical Investigations and Truth and Method, respectively. Chris Lawn goes on to offer a critique of Wittgenstein's account of linguistic rules, drawing upon Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics, particularly his emphasis upon tradition, temporality, historicality and novelty. The text demonstrates how paying attention to such elements - excluded by Wittgenstein's conception of rules - in fact strengthens Wittgenstein's position from a hermeneutical perspective. Finally, Wittgenstein and Gadamer investigates the possibility of connection between Wittgenstein's focus upon lexical particularity and Gadamer's greater concern for the universal and the general. A groundbreaking work of post-analytic philosophy, Wittgenstein and Gadamer brings the work of two major modern philosophers in to dialogue. It is required reading for anyone studying or researching the work of either philosopher, or the philosophy of language more generally.

Author Biography

Chris Lawn is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Limerick, Ireland.
Release date NZ
January 15th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
New edition
black & white illustrations
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
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