There is considerable debate amongst philosophers as to the
basic philosophical problem Wittgenstein is attempting to solve in
Philosophical Investigations. In this bold and original work,
Meredith Williams argues that it is the problem of "normative
In Blind Obedience Williams demonstrates how Wittgenstein
criticizes traditional, representationalist theories of language by
employing the 'master/novice' distinction of the learner, arguing
that this distinction is often overlooked but fundamental to
understanding philosophical problems about mind and language.
The book not only provides revealing discussions of
Wittgenstein's corpus but also intricate analyses of the work of
Brandom, Dummett, Frege, Sellars, Davidson, Cavell and others.
These are usefully compared in a bid to better situate
Wittgenstein's non-intellectualist, non-theoretical approach and to
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