The book is an open-minded evaluation of Wittgenstein's philosophy of language from fresh perspectives to bring out its contemporary significance. Including
papers presented by noted Indian philosophers at a national seminar, it examines
the special place of Wittgenstein in the development of philosophy in the west
in the twentieth century.
The papers offer an in-depth critique of
Wittgenstein's theories on the limits and structure of language, operationalism
in philosophy of language, idea of a private language, necessity of mathematics
and logical truths, grammar of the language of emotions and language as a
liberating force. Throughout the attempt is to analyse Wittgenstein's
contributions vis-a-vis Indian Philosophical thinking and trace the similarities
between him and Indian thinkers. The work, for instance, includes a detailed
study of Wittgenstein's' notion of silence and its affiliations with silence as
interpreted in the Nyaya system and identifying the common factors in Gandhi and
Wittgenstein's' approach to western civilisation. It also presents a radically
different understanding - from what is traditionally understood of the
Wittgensteinian concept of picture.
The work will prove immensely useful to
scholars concerned with linguistic representation and meaning in general and
Wittgenstein's contributions to philosophy of language in particular.
About the Author:
Chandra Pradhan, Ph.D., presently member-secretary of the Indian Council of
Philosophical Research, specialises in philosophy of language and meaning with
particular reference to Wittgenstein. He is credited with authoring scholarly
works on the subject, namely, Language and Experience: An Interpretation of
the Later Philosophy of Wittgenstein; Truth, Meaning and Understanding; and
Philosophy of Meaning and Representation.
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