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Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Mind$
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Jonathan Ellis and Daniel Guevara

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737666

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737666.001.0001

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Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology: Methodological Reflections

Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology: Methodological Reflections

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(p.277) Chapter 11 Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology: Methodological Reflections
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Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Mind
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P. M. S. Hacker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737666.003.0012

This chapter provides a lucid organization and examination of the main themes in Wittgenstein’s philosophy of psychology (mostly post-Investigations). This chapter is a study in Wittgenstein’s philosophical method, and shows how Wittgenstein is concerned to make surveyable the enormous landscape of the grammar of psychological concepts. As the chapter brings to light, in this period Wittgenstein is trying out a variety of different methodological tools, and his approach is far from settled or homogeneous, except for its commitment to describing the landscape without “falsifying it,” which involves eschewing philosophical theory (especially of the sort that apes scientific theory). Wittgenstein himself is explicit at times that he is not sure whether what he is doing will lead to an effective and efficient way of taming the complicated and misleading landscape he wishes to survey. Yet, if this chapter is correct, Wittgenstein’s self-critical and painstaking efforts did in fact generate a formidable bulwark against many of the programs driving philosophy of mind today, including the search for a cognitive science of the mind.

Keywords:   Wittgenstein, philosophy of psychology, method, grammar of psychological concepts, cognitive science, post-Investigations

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