Learning to Speak

Ashdown, Lance (2003) Learning to Speak. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 24-26.


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Rush Rhees"s Wittgenstein and the Possibility of Discourse constitutes both an extension and a critique of Wittgenstein"s later philosophy. The theme of the book is the question that Rhees argues was central to Wittgenstein throughout his career: what it means to say something. While working through this problem, Rhees argues that the Investigations picture of acquiring language through training is misleading. To my knowledge, this discussion has so far received no serious attention from Wittgenstein scholars. In this paper I shall bring together Rhees"s various remarks into a coherent critique in an effort to make clear its importance.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language Training; Brown Book; Philosophical Investigations; Rhees, R.; Wittgenstein, L.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1496

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