The Logical Must: Wittgenstein on Logic

2015.05.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Penelope Maddy, The Logical Must: Wittgenstein on Logic, Oxford University Press, 2014, 135pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.05.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Penelope Maddy, The Logical Must: Wittgenstein on Logic, Oxford University Press, 2014, 135pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199391752. Reviewed by Martin Gustafsson, Åbo Akademi University Penelope Maddy says in the introduction that her primary aim is "simply historical -- to understand Wittgenstein better" (3). As she immediately goes on to note, however, her method for reaching such understanding is unusual. Instead of treating Wittgenstein on his own terms, and as someone who, in Bernard Williams' words, could "help us in reviving a sense of strangeness or questionability about our own philosophical assumptions" (Willliams 2006, 260), Maddy tries as best she can to make Wittgenstein's views fit her own, naturalist and empiricist conception of logic -- a conception she calls "Second Philosophy" (developed in Maddy 2007). She freely admits that this exercise involves playing down the significance of, or even. . .

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