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By G. P. Baker

This can be a choice of the main articles written via popular Wittgenstein pupil, G.P. Baker, on Wittgenstein’s later philosophy, released posthumously.

  • Following Baker’s demise in 2002, the amount has been edited via collaborator and associate, Katherine Morris.
  • Contains articles formerly merely to be had in different languages, and one formerly unpublished paper.
  • Completely exact from the widely-known paintings Baker did with P.M.S. Hacker within the Analytical observation at the Philosophical Investigations (Blackwell Publishing, 1980-1996).

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It seems to condense into one short remark much of Wittgenstein’s distinctive conception of philosophy. It lodges a complaint about ‘the grammar of our language’ (a lack of perspicuity), and it suggests that he took as a primary goal remedying this defect in our understanding by providing ‘representations’ of grammar that would make things perspicuous. The search for perspicuity (Durch¨ bersichtlichkeit) is a leitmotif of his later philosophy, clearly sichtigkeit or U audible from the opening of Philosophical Remarks to the close of Last Writings.

G. PI §244), to make visible hidden aspects of ‘the use of our words’ (§129), and to encourage us to look at things like this, not like that (LPP 168). e. in providing some sort of landmarks, patterns, analogies, pictures, etc. which enable us to find our way about in the motley of ‘our language’ (cf. §123). Such a remark need not have one form; in particular, it need not consist of a mere selection and arrangement of grammatical rules. In fact, perspicuous representations in Wittgenstein’s writings have several radically different forms.

In other words the description ought to take the form: ‘The word . . signifies . . ’. Of course, one can Philosophical Investigations §122 39 reduce the description of the use [of any word] to the statement that this word signifies this object. (§10) Nonetheless, ‘this general notion of the meaning of a word surrounds the working of language with a haze which makes clear vision [das klare Sehen] impossible’ (§5). This conception of language is manifestly a norm (or form) of representation of the ‘uses of our words’ to which any use whatever may be fitted (§13).

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