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The Blue and Brown Books

The Blue and Brown Books

The Blue and Brown Books

By Ludwig Wittgenstein

"There could be no better introduction to Wittgenstein's thought than the Blue Book, whose simplicity and forthrightness must make an instant appeal. The progressive complications of the Brown Book make a natural bridge to the still more subtle, but often confusing, exposition of the Investigations. Every serious student of philosophy will want to own this volume."—Max Black

"These studies have exercised considerable influence on the development of contemporary English philosophy."—The Heythrop Journal (Oxford)

These works, as the sub-title makes clear, are unfinished sketches for Philosophical Investigations, possibly the most important and influential philosophical work of modern times. The 'Blue Book' is a set of notes dictated to Wittgenstein's Cambridge students in 1933-1934: the 'Brown Book' was a draft for what eventually became the growth of the first part of Philosophical Investigations. This book reveals the germination and growth of the ideas which found their final expression in Wittgenstein's later work. It is indispensable therefore to students of Wittgenstein's thought and to all those who wish to study at first-hand the mental processes of a thinker who fundamentally changed the course of modern philosophy.

208 pages
Harper Torchbooks, 1965
5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
ISBN 9780061312113

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