Marx and Wittgenstein: Knowledge, Morality and Politics by Gavin Kitching, Nigel Pleasants

By Gavin Kitching, Nigel Pleasants

At the beginning sight, Karl Marx and Ludwig Wittgenstein may possibly appear to be as diversified from one another because it is attainable for the guidelines of 2 significant intellectuals to be. regardless of this average notion, even though, a small variety of students have lengthy advised that there are deeper philosophical commonalities among Marx and Wittgenstein. they've got argued that, as soon as grasped, those commonalities can transform and improve knowing either one of Marxism and of Wittgensteinian philosophy. This e-book develops and extends this unorthodox view, emphasising the mutual enrichment that comes from bringing Marx's and Wittgenstein's rules into discussion with each other. The individuals to this publication are leading-scholars drawn from sociology, politics, economics and philosophy. They specialise in parts together with: * The function of the Marxist economist Sraffa on Wittgenstein's philosophical improvement l * The 'conventional' photo of Wittgenstein's value for Marxist social technology, as perpetrated through Winch and Gellner l * The philosophical anthropology of Marx and Wittgenstein * the moral and political prestige of Marxist knowledge-claims within the gentle of Wittgenstein's philosophy. crucial studying for all students and philosophers attracted to the Marxist philosophy and the philosophy of Wittgenstein, this ebook can be of significant curiosity to these learning and studying within the fields of social philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of social technological know-how and political financial system.

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By then Gellner’s views were established almost as facts of nature. Many philosophical schools that oppose each other implacably—Popperians, positivists, Marxists, poststructuralists and so on—agree on one thing: OLP was wrong and its disappearance was a good thing indeed. As the years passed, Gellner’s estimate of OLP and Wittgenstein’s work got lower and lower. In the 1980s the falsity of Wittgenstein’s ideas was, to him, ‘probably the single most important fact about the intellectual life of mankind’ (1984:263); by the 1990s it had grown to ‘the single most important fact about the human condition’ (1996:670), and Wittgenstein now ‘condemns and ignores everything that is important in the history of human intellectual life’ (1998:162), recommending ‘a collective infantile regression for all mankind’ (1992:123).

Naming and Necessity? Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature? No: it was Words and Things by the Czech anthropologist Ernest Gellner (1925–95) which caused world-wide controversy on its publication in 1959 but is practically forgotten nowadays. Austin. The way in which OLP has been written out of history in recent decades is largely the result of Gellner’s influence, and I want to reassess the background, nature and scope of his impact. I think that Words and Things is a very bad book and that its influence has been almost totally deleterious.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions? Naming and Necessity? Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature? No: it was Words and Things by the Czech anthropologist Ernest Gellner (1925–95) which caused world-wide controversy on its publication in 1959 but is practically forgotten nowadays. Austin. The way in which OLP has been written out of history in recent decades is largely the result of Gellner’s influence, and I want to reassess the background, nature and scope of his impact. I think that Words and Things is a very bad book and that its influence has been almost totally deleterious.

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