Wittgenstein on Sensation and Perception

2017.07.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael Hymers, Wittgenstein on Sensation and Perception, Routledge, 2017, 202pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781844658565.
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2017.07.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael Hymers, Wittgenstein on Sensation and Perception, Routledge, 2017, 202pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781844658565. Reviewed by Sonia Sedivy, University of Toronto Scarborough Just what does Wittgenstein's later work suggest about sensation and perception? Given the renewed interest in perception and sensation over the past three decades, these are important questions to pursue. In this book, Michael Hymers highlights the diverse ways in which the mistaken picture of a private phenomenal space figures in arguments for sense-data and qualia. Hymers brings together a wide range of passages from Wittgenstein's later writings to show how they criticize this picture. This is a fascinating and hard-hitting selection. Yet it is connected to a limiting construal of Wittgenstein's method that informs Hymers' interpretive approach. Hymers emphasizes that Wittgenstein's approach is grammatical in teaching us to. . .

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