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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262041218 | 412 pp. | 6 x 9 in | September 1991
Paperback | $42.00 Short | £31.95 | ISBN: 9780262540742 | 412 pp. | 6 x 9 in | March 1995
eBook | $30.00 Short | ISBN: 9780262340359 | 412 pp. | September 2016

The Realistic Spirit

Wittgenstein, Philosophy, and the Mind


The realistic spirit, a nonmetaphysical approach to philosophical thought concerned with the character of philosophy itself, informs all of the discussions in these essays by philosopher Cora Diamond. Diamond explains Wittgenstein's notoriously elusive later writings, explores the background to his thought in the work of Frege, and discusses ethics in a way that reflects his influence. Diamond's new reading of Wittgenstein challenges currently accepted interpretations and shows what it means to look without mythology at the coherence, commitments, and connections that are distinctive of the mind.

Representation and Mind series

About the Author

Cora Diamond is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia.