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Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Wittgenstein and the Philosophical Investigations (Routledge Philosophy Guidebooks) Paperback – 6 Mar 1997
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"A beautifully lucid guide through the main themes of the Investigations ... The movement of Wittgenstein's thought, how the different topics hang together, why they come in the order they do--are all made clearer than any other discussion I know."-Jane Heal, St. John's College, Cambridge "McGinn's efforts to display the anti-theoretical thrust of Wittgenstein's thinking are effective ... [She] makes the "Investigations more accessible to (advanced) undergraduates than anything else out there. For graduate students ... it could, coupled with the "Investigations, become the standard introduction."-"Teaching Philosophy
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I add that, to my mind, McGinn has been very wise to keep this book as a guide to reading the PI rather than letting it become her evaluation of Wittgenstein's ideas. The text says it was written to introduce students to the PI. This it does admirably.
The book mentions some of the contemporary critical debates surrounding Wittgenstein's later philosophy (with useful chapter-by-chapter bibliographies), but I think it should be applauded for being primary concerned with the primary text itself (rather than a guide through the secondary literature -- we are reading about *Wittgenstein*, not Kripke's Wittgenstein, Hacker's Wittgenstein, or McDowell's Wittgenstein)
Excellent all in all --- I very much look forward the second edition.
Marie McGinn's almost makes Ludwig understandable. A must for all those studying Wittgenstein