Wittgensteinian Themes: Essays in Honour of David Pears

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Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy David Charles, David Charles, David Francis Pears, David Owain Maurice Charles, T. William Child, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy William Child
Clarendon Press, 2001 - Philosophy - 198 pages
For more than forty years, David Pears has been a major figure in Wittgenstein scholarship. He is author of many papers and three books on Wittgenstein's philosophy; Wittgenstein (1971) and The False Prison: A Study in the Development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy vols i and ii (1987-8). Andhe is, with Brian McGuinness, translator of Wittgenstein's Tractatus. This collection of essays on Wittgenstein, specially written for this volume, honours Pears's contribution to philosophy and to the study of Wittgenstein.Wittgensteinian Themes contains papers by Naomi Eilan on realism about conscious experience; P. M. S. Hacker on the legacy of the showing/saying distinction after the Tractatus; Hide Ishiguro on necessity and conventionalism; Brian McGuinness on solipsism; Barry Stroud on private objects, physicalobjets and ostension; David Charles on Wittgenstein's builders and Aristotle's craftsmen; Bill Child on platonism, naturalism and rule-following; and a philosophical recollection by Bernard Williams. The papers include scholarly debate on the interpretation, assessment and significance of Wittgenstein's writings, early and late; detailed discussion of Pears's own highly influential work on Wittgenstein; and exploration of relations between Wittgenstein and other philosophers, ancient and modern.

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Wittgensteins Builders and Aristotles Craftsmen
RuleFollowing Platonism
Logical Rules Necessity and Convention
Private Objects Physical Objects and Ostension
The Reality of Consciousness

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David Charles is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Oriel College, Oxford. William Child is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at University College, Oxford.

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