The Realistic Spirit

Wittgenstein, Philosophy, and the Mind

The realistic spirit, a nonmetaphysical approach to philosophical thought concerned with the character of philosophy itself, informs all of the discussions in these essays by philosopher Cora Diamond. Diamond explains Wittgenstein's notoriously elusive later writings, explores the background to his thought in the work of Frege, and discusses ethics in a way that reflects his influence. Diamond's new reading of Wittgenstein challenges currently accepted interpretations and shows what it means to look without mythology at the coherence, commitments, and connections that are distinctive of the mind.

Representation and Mind series

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Abbreviations
  4. Introduction I: Philosophy and the Mind
  5. Introduction II: Wittgenstein and Metaphysics
  6. 1. Realism and the Realistic Spirit
  7. 2. Frege and Nonsense
  8. 3. What Nonsense Might Be
  9. 4. What Does a Concept-Script Do?
  10. 5. Frege Against Fuzz
  11. 6. Throwing Away the Ladder: How to Read the Tractatus
  12. 7. Wright's Wittgenstein
  13. 8. Secondary Sense
  14. 9. The Face of Necessity
  15. 10. Riddles and Anselm's Riddle
  16. 11. Anything but Argument?
  17. 12. Missing the Adventure: Reply to Martha Nussbaum
  18. 13. Eating Meat and Eating People
  19. 14. Experimenting on Animals: A Problem in Ethics
  20. 15. Having a Rough Story about What Moral Philosophy Is
  21. Bibliography
  22. Index