Review of Philosophical Investigations by Wittgenstein

The reason I have liked Wittgenstein is because of his concentration on language when dealing with philosophical issues. Here’s another one of those ironies that pop up in philosophy and theology. He always claimed that philosophical statements were non-sensical. His job was to do philosophical therapy allowing people to see the errors of their assumptions. He claimed that philosophy was nonsense and yet he is sometimes considered the greatest philosopher of the 20th century.

This book is all about how language works. He says that meaning comes from the use of words in certain contexts he calls language games. There are different aspects as depicted in the infamous “duck or rabbit” picture. In other words different people might hear the same sentence and interpret it in totally different ways.

There is an internal change in your mind depending on whether you’re seeing a rabbit or a duck. This is called an aspect.