The Blue and Brown Books by Ludwig WittgensteinTan, Randell Kelvin C. Maria Paula G. Cover Photo: Blue book used by students at the University of the Philippines. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, in any form or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.
Ludwig Wittgenstein's Blue Book
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The Blue and Brown Books are transcripts of lecture notes Wittgenstein gave to his students in the early s, shortly after returning to philosophy. They are so named because of the color of the paper they were originally bound in. The Blue Book criticizes the idea that the meaning of a word resides in some sort of mental act or act of interpretation. If the meaning of language is a matter of how we use words, we could just as easily say that meaning resides in the voice box as in the head. Rather than identify meaning with a mental act, Wittgenstein identifies meaning with use: the meaning of a word is determined by the way we use it and nothing more. In their attempts to make grand metaphysical pronouncements, philosophers really just twist language out of shape.
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The Blue and Brown Books are two sets of notes taken during lectures conducted by Ludwig Wittgenstein from to They were mimeographed as two separated books, and a few copies were circulated in a restricted circle during Wittgenstein's lifetime. Rush Rhees published these together for the first time in as Preliminary Studies for the "Philosophical Investigations". Inchoate versions of many of the ideas that would later be more fully explored in the Philosophical Investigations are found there, so these offer textual evidence for the genesis of what became known as Wittgenstein's later philosophy. The Blue Book was dictated from to , and contains certain themes unaddressed in Wittgenstein's later works, including deliberations on thinking as operating with signs. An early conception of what would later become known as language-games is present in the text, which represents the first period of Wittgenstein's thought after , a method of linguistic analysis which would later become ordinary language philosophy. While Wittgenstein in The Blue Book is not dogmatic nor systematic, he does provide arguments that point toward a more self-critical view of language.