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Lecture 8 Summary.....
Jeremy Jackson
|   NW 3431
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Ludwig Wittgenstein: "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must remain silent"

The "What is it" Problem

Metaphysical phrasing - what really is it, what is te nature of it, what is the true essence of it.

In psychology - what is depression, what is intelligence.

Distinguishing between the conceptual and empirical - what is it vs what is it like. Defintion vs description.


The Ordinary Language View - Details

Ludwig Wittgenstein - his life and his transformation (the Tractus vs The Philosophical Investigations)

The problem - what establishes the meaning of a word.

The solution - rules for the use of the word within a language

The language game and the nature of linguistic rules. Regulatory vs constitutive rules.

The internal relation between language and reality.

Merkmal defintion vs use.


The Mind Body Problem and Other Related Issues

How the OLV dismantels the mind body problem - unsolvable problems (how many pounds long is 3?)

Problems and pseudo-problems

The metaphysician and pseudo-problems

The inability of empirical methods to solve conceptual problems

Why metaphysics never solves the problems it poses