Wittgenstein's Practical Thought


The book investigates Wittgenstein's practical thought after his return to Cambridge in 1929 until the first version of his 'Philosophical Investigations' in 1936. It is argued that Wittgenstein's philosophical development is determined by his practical turn in 1929-30. The assumption is rejected that the practical turn is to be interpreted as a continuation of ideas of classic pragmatists like Peirce and James. Instead it is argued that due to his development Wittgenstein abandons the picture theory of the Tractatus and the idea of a phenomenological language. It is shown that after being enabled by the practical turn to abandon those ideas it leads Wittgenstein to his later understanding of language and its relation to mind and action.
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