Bryan Magee talks to John Searle about Ludwig Wittgenstein (1987)
The Great Philosophers: a History of Western Philosophy
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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.
About the Series
This series of incisive intellectual conversations from the BBC archives presents a comprehensive introduction to the concepts of western philosophy through 15 of its greatest thinkers. Each program features series creator, world-renowned author, professor, and philosophy specialist Bryan Magee, who discusses the philosophers’ ideas within the context of their times and intellectual accomplishments with other distinguished experts. 15-part series, 43-48 minutes each.