John Searle & Bryan Magee discuss Wittgenstein (1987)

Professor John Searle discusses the life and thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein in a discussion with Bryan Magee in this 1987 program.

Bryan Magee and John Searle discuss the legacy of Ludwig Wittgenstein; ranging from his early work, the Tractatus, to his posthumously published, Philosophical Investigations.

The two linguistic philosophies of Ludwig Wittgenstein are discussed by Professor of Philosophy, John Searle. He examines Wittgenstein’s earlier picture theory of meaning, in which reality, as perceived by humans, determines the structure of the language used to describe it. A revised theory views language as a tool that, depending upon its use, prescribes the reality.


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