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Thought's Footing

Thought's Footing: Themes in Wittgenstein's “Philosophical Investigations”

Charles Travis

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199291465
eISBN:
9780191710667
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291465.001.0001

This book is an enquiry into the relationship between the ways things are and the way we think and talk about them. It is also a study of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: the author ... More

The Politics of Public Service Bargains

The Politics of Public Service Bargains: Reward, Competency, Loyalty - and Blame

Christopher Hood and Martin Lodge

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199269679
eISBN:
9780191604096
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019926967X.001.0001

The traditional understandings that structure the relationships between public servants and the wider political system are said to have undergone considerable change. But what are these formalized ... More

Elucidating the ‘Tractatus’

Elucidating the ‘Tractatus’: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Logic and Language

Marie McGinn

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199244447
eISBN:
9780191714146
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244447.001.0001

Discussions of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus are currently dominated by two opposing interpretations of the work: a metaphysical or realist reading and the ‘resolute’ reading of Cora Diamond and James ... More

Paradox and Platitude in Wittgenstein's Philosophy

Paradox and Platitude in Wittgenstein's Philosophy

David Pears

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199247707
eISBN:
9780191714481
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247707.001.0001

This book is a concise and readable study of five intertwined themes at the heart of Wittgenstein's thought, written by one of his most eminent interpreters. It offers penetrating investigations and ... More

The Architecture of Reason

The Architecture of Reason: The Structure and Substance of Rationality

Robert Audi

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195158427
eISBN:
9780199871407
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158427.001.0001

The literature on theoretical reason has been dominated by epistemological concerns, treatments of practical reason by ethical concerns. This book overcomes the limitations of dealing with each ... More

The Enchantment of Words

The Enchantment of Words: Wittgenstein's “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus”

Denis McManus

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199288021
eISBN:
9780191713446
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288021.001.0001

This book is a study of Wittgenstein’s early masterpiece, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. It argues that Wittgenstein’s aim in that deeply puzzling work is to show that the ‘intelligibility of ... More

Ethics Vindicated

Ethics Vindicated: Kant's Transcendental Legitimation of Moral Discourse

Ermanno Bencivenga

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195307351
eISBN:
9780199867851
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307351.001.0001

Can we regard ourselves as free originators of some of our behavior? What is the place of values in a world of facts? What grounds the authority of moral imperatives, and why should we care about ... More

A Future for Presentism

A Future for Presentism

Craig Bourne

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199212804
eISBN:
9780191707094
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212804.001.0001

This book concerns the nature of time. It shows how presentism, the view that only the present exists, can be defended. Part I of the book shows how presentism is the only viable alternative to the ... More

Reasons and the Good

Reasons and the Good

Roger Crisp

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199290338
eISBN:
9780191710476
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290338.001.0001

This book answers some of the oldest questions in moral philosophy. Claiming that a fundamental issue in normative ethics is what ultimate reasons for action we might have, it argues that the best ... More

Natural Justice

Natural Justice

Ken Binmore

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195178111
eISBN:
9780199783670
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178111.001.0001

This book attempts to create an evolutionary theory of fairness. Sharing food is commonplace in the animal kingdom because it insures animals that share against hunger. Anthropologists report that ... More

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