The Blue and Brown Books

The Blue and Brown Books

Ludwig Wittgenstein Rush Rhees / Nov 29, 2020

The Blue and Brown Books These works as the subtitle makes clear are unfinished sketches for Philosophical Investigations among the most important influential philosophical work of modern times The Blue Book is a set of no

  • Title: The Blue and Brown Books
  • Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein Rush Rhees
  • ISBN: 9780061312113
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • These works, as the subtitle makes clear, are unfinished sketches for Philosophical Investigations, among the most important influential philosophical work of modern times The Blue Book is a set of notes dictated to Witgenstein s Cambridge students in 1933 34 The Brown Book was a draft for what eventually became the growth of the first part of Philosophical InvThese works, as the subtitle makes clear, are unfinished sketches for Philosophical Investigations, among the most important influential philosophical work of modern times The Blue Book is a set of notes dictated to Witgenstein s Cambridge students in 1933 34 The Brown Book was a draft for what eventually became the growth of the first part of Philosophical Investigations This book reveals the germination growth of the ideas which found their final expression in Witgenstein s later work It s indispensable therefore to students of Witgenstein s thought to all those who wish to study at firsthand the mental processes of a thinker who fundamentally changed the course of modern philosophy.PrefaceThe Blue BookThe Brown BookIndex

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        Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein 26 April 1889 29 April 1951 was an Austrian British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language.Described by Bertrand Russell as the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived, passionate, profound, intense, and dominating , he helped inspire two of the twentieth century s principal philosophical movements the Vienna Circle and Oxford ordinary language philosophy According to an end of the century poll, professional philosophers in Canada and the U.S rank both his Tractatus Logico Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations among the top five most important books in twentieth century philosophy, the latter standing out as e one crossover masterpiece in twentieth century philosophy, appealing across diverse specializations and philosophical orientations Wittgenstein s influence has been felt in nearly every field of the humanities and social sciences, yet there are widely diverging interpretations of his thought.


    1. These studies and the work they gave rise to, Philosophical Investigations, are commonly understood as a refutation of the author's previous major work, Tractatus Logic-Philosophic us. I didn't read the Blue and Brown Books as a refutation, as much as a correction, of the system of thought at work in the Tractatus. That earlier work, as I read it, contained some troublingly bizarre implications and assumptions. It at times seemed to me that Wittgenstein was implying that linguistic information, [...]

    2. Reading Wittgenstein put an end to my interest in philosophy. If philosophy is about the kinds of language games that Wittgenstein played, it wasn't worth my time.

    3. I suppose I should have read this before Philosophical Investigations, but this is still a worthy text on its own, and helps clarify some of the finer points of his intricate and complex ideas.Covers language and philosophy of mind well. Need to reread P.I. soon.

    4. Unlike most graduate students I maintained a four year teaching assistantship inclusive of summers, most of it with one fellow, Bill Ellos. Although I occasionally worked for others in the philosophy and linguistics departments, these were usually part-time, supplements to my association with Bill. Heck, I may have worked for or with him even during months when not formally assigned. I certainly worked far more hours for and with him than were mandated--not that I knew anything of any time limit [...]

    5. First off, let me say, I would not recommend this book to those who are just entering the world of philosophy. If you're just getting into philosophy, this is not the book for you. With that said, I believe that anyone who has a serious interest in the discipline can benefit from reading this book. The Brown and Blue Books represent Wittgenstein's latter work, and acts as a good introduction to his Philosophical Investigations. If you're looking for the thoughts of the early Wittgenstein, please [...]

    6. These companion studies help with reading his more 'organized' Logical Investigations because they situate the reader with respect to the project. What I have to say about these studies is not terribly important and maybe even inappropriate. After all who reads the mood of a philosopher? But every effort at 'essential definition' seemed to bother LW a great deal. Such definitions were the sort of thing after which Socrates was always asking. But I cannot understand what it means when I am asked [...]

    7. Precursors to the more refined works published as the Philosophical Investigations, these Cambridge lectures (for a counterpoint, see his Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics) reveal Wittgenstein's constant struggle to formulate the body of thought known as "Wittgenstein II" (ie, all that which followed the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus). Fascinating reading for anyone who enjoyed the PI, although neither here nor in that later tome can the WII program be said to be "complete".

    8. کسانی که با ویتگنشتاین آشنایی دارند از تقسیم زندگی فلسفی او به دو بخش آگاهند؛ مهم‌ترین اثر ویتگنشتاین متاخر پژوهش‌های فلسفی است و کتاب‌های آبی و قهوه‌ای -اسامی‌ای که به هیچ وجه مهم نیستند؛ چرا که اصولا نویسنده آنها به اسامی مشکوک است- نوعی آماده‌سازی برای کتاب پژوهش‌های [...]

    9. The Blue Book opens with the question, "what is the meaning of a word?" When asking such general questions, we often define words by thinking of of solid, material objects, like pencils, chairs, and tables. These words can be defined ostensively, by pointing to the object they denote. We might then be tempted to think that the meaning of these words is the mental act of interpretation that connects the word with the thing it denotes. Wittgenstein asserts that, contrary to conventional wisdom, th [...]

    10. A fun & illuminating romp through logic, language, & philosophy—It’s true, this is no easy read—some passages are awkwardly phrased and unnecessarily obscure, the flow from one topic to another is not always as smooth as you’d like it to be, and you wonder what Wittgenstein is trying to do with all those language games, what his overarching point is. But you sense him groping in the dark, trying to get at something important, and there are to be sure flashes of insight that will [...]

    11. These two books are difficult to read because Wittgenstein is unsystematic in his exploration. He is reaching towards a kind of functionalism -- but he lacks the conception or the language to cogently describe the structures he reaches towards.For example, he introduces different cuts expecting that meaning should be somehow stabilized along the specific expressions. But then he demonstrates that meaning has no ontological necessity; in fact he highlights different modalities in which the sense [...]

    12. And I always thought Wittgenstein was just a stuck-up rich kid.This book changed my definition of what a philosopher's aim OUGHT to do be. Yes. I said it. OUGHT.This is largely known as a revision or re-directing of his Tractatus, and it's interesting in a number of ways:1) A glimpse of how one can (tends to?) modify one's philosophy throughout life - essentially changing it, but not abandoning the general framework.2) Blue book is basically a less-complex transcript of a lecture series - Brown [...]

    13. Some intriguing ideas here about meaning & signs in language and thought, particularly the Blue book, though I wanted to like these books more than I did. Wittgenstein's thesis appears to be that language is a merely set of signs interwoven with our activity in the world, the meanings of which can only be defined by their use within the context and various associations of a language. Then he beats the premise to death with dozens of language games to explore the problems with language as a s [...]

    14. Some of the best descriptions of words ever."Many words in this sense then don't have a strict meaning. But this is not a defect. To think it is would be like saying that the light of my reading lamp is no real light at all because it has no sharp boundary."He wrote the same thing in another elegant way in Philosophical Grammar. There he compares the usefullness of words to the warmth you feel from a stove. Maybe no real sharp boundary, but still really useful! The difference between the relatio [...]

    15. Works with interesting concepts, and demolishes some very silly thinking about philosophy of language that people bring intuitively to the subject. On the other hand, he's a bit more than supportably behaviorist, and with annoying frequency he confuses something he can't find out with something Unknowable By Definition, ignoring that science has indeed taken what were once philosophical problems and turned them into experimentally answerable questions--cog sci, quantum physics and relativity bei [...]

    16. Finished the Blue Book July 10th. It kind of blew a lot of other philosophy out of the water. I'm obsessed with words and exact meanings, though, and so is he. He just clarifies really well what we're really asking or feeling when we're philosophically puzzled.I am not quite smart enough to understand a lot of this. But I think it's largely true.edit 8/4/09: Decided to skip the Brown Book. You can only take so much of this stuff I suppose. Still, I just procured a copy of the Investigations; mig [...]

    17. "O que é o sentido de uma palavra?" e assim começa este livro Nada fácil. Tendo Wittgenstein começado como matemático "fanático" da lógica totalmente demonstrável, é curioso acompanhar a sua evolução para algo tão subjectivamente distinto, ou seja, Wittgenstein divaga muito sobre a linguagem, mas em simultåneo realça o facto de que a abordagem de um problema (matemático, físico, ou outro) tem obrigatoriamente de ser feita utilizando palavras muito bem escolhidas. Por vezes, palav [...]

    18. This is the perfect warm-up to the Investigations. I think a lot of the misunderstanding and lack of comprehension that a lot of people (including several published, "respectable" scholars) experience with PI is a direct result of their failure to start here. All the main concepts - language games, forms ogf life, etc. - are laid out in their earlier stages, and the break from his picture-theory stuff in the Tractatus is made explicit.

    19. I must be honest and say I did not finish this tome. But I believe that any serious student of philosophy should start with this book as it deals with the core issues of the language we must use in any philosophical discourse and how easily we can be led astray by our choice of words. At least this is how I saw it some 40 years ago.

    20. I won't pretend to understand everything about Wittgenstein (add to that the fact that this is my bedside read, meaning that I might have failed to grasp a lot especially in the moments that I fall asleep), but I guess this is a good start for one who wants to understand the transition from early to late Wittgenstein.

    21. This book is a gold mine of philosophical ideas and questions on language. The first part tackles the question, "If life has a meaning, what would it look like?"I first read this in college but wasn't impressed by it until I really got into photography.

    22. this was an excellent rec from alex temple. never finished it, but what i read i completely loved. makes you think about thinking in an amazingly precise way. felt like a mathematician's thoughts (high praise from me).

    23. after reading the final word of this book, I closed the cover, sat the book on the table next to me, and wrote the first poem of what would become "Dwelling". Inspiring to a language weirdo like me.

    24. I think this is probably Wittgenstein's best work. Clear and (kind of) to the point. Less BS than his other works.

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