Linguistic Idealism

Dilman, Ilham Wittgenstein's Copernican Revolution: The Question of Linguistic Idealism Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002

Book Information:
Hardback, 226 pages
ISBN: 0-333-97354-2

Book description:
This book sets out to defend Wittgenstein against the charge of linguistic idealism. The early chapters elucidate what linguistic realism and linguistic idealism claim, and show how Wittgenstien's contribution to an understanding of the relation between language and reality cuts through these two opposing philosophical theses without embracing either of them. In this context, Dilman also compares Wittgenstein with Kant, and moves on to look at contemporary philosophers who have either charged Wittgenstein with or defended him against linguistic idealism: Anscombe, Diamond, Putnam, Williams. A comparison with Simone Weil is also made.

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