Wittgenstein on Mind, Meaning and Context: Seven Essays

Wittgenstein on Mind, Meaning and Context: Seven Essays elaborates a distinctive perspective on the later philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, exploring a number of themes from his work, sometimes addressing particular issues, sometimes responding to criticisms, for instance those of Michael Dummett, or considering Wittgenstein in relation to, for example, ideas from Friedrich Waismann. Taken together, they extend the contextualist, 'therapeutic' reading of Wittgenstein developed by Graham McFee (following Gordon Baker) in How To Do Philosophy (2015), and include a kind of thematic introduction to McFee's work on Wittgenstein. The essays include reflections on Wittgenstein's stylistic concerns, and a consideration of the principle of publication of posthumous material as well as the basis for a scholarly consideration of Wittgenstein's flirtation with verificationism, and of his account of simplicity in mathematics. With one exception they are previously unpublished.