[L] [blog] On Why Part II of the Investigations is Re-Named in the Fourth Edition

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Sean Wilson <whoooo26505@xxxxxxxxx> updated On Why Part II of the 
Investigations is Re-Named in the Fourth Edition:

 According to Norman Malcolm, Wittgenstein made the following remark (to 
Malcolm) in the late summer of 1949 regarding what has become known as 
Philosophical Investigations:

 "... if he had the money, he thought he would have his book (TS 227, the 
typescript of the Investigations) mimeographed and distributed among his 
friends. He said that it was not in a completely finished state, but that he 
did not think that he could give the final polish to it in his lifetime. The 
plan would have the merit that he could put in parenthesis after a remark, 
expressions of dissatisfaction, like 'This is not quite right' or 'This is 
fishy'. He would like to put his book into the hands of his friends, but to 
take it to a publisher right now was out of the question."

 After quoting that passage, Hacker and Schulte in the new (4th) edition go on 
to say:

 "Whatever Wittgenstein's final intentions were, the fact is that the closest 
he ever came to completing the Philosophical Investigations is the current text 
consisting of ss 1-693. It is, we believe, this text that should be known as 
Witgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. What has hitherto been called 
'Philosophical Investigations, Part II' was a re-arranged set of remarks 
written between 1946 and 1949 dealing chiefly with questions in what 
Wittgenstein called 'philosophy of psychology'. We have named it 'Philosophy of 
Psychology -- A Fragment.' This is, in effect, a reconstruction of 
... typescript 234, based on MS 144 and the printed version in the previous 
editions of the Investigations."

 Sources. Hacker and Schulte, p. xxii-xxiii (revised 4th edition of PI), and 
Malcolm, Ludwig Wittgenstein -- A Memoir, 2nd Ed., p. 75.   Regards. 

 Dr. Sean Wilson, Esq.

 Source: Philosophical Investigations, Revised 4th Edition 


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