Wednesday, March 02, 2011

What are you reading, Curtis Holtzen?

Right now, as I'm taking a class on Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy, I'm studying his Philosophical Investigations. It is a challenge, both to follow and in its concepts, but it's a classic of 20th century analytic thought. Wittgenstein's focus in the book is that language only has meaning in a social context: meaning is tied to behavior.

Anyone interested in philosophy or language studies should read this book. I particularly like that it is "anti-philosophy philosophy." Next, I will probably pick up Fergus Kerr's Theology After Wittgenstein.

When I'm reading, it will always be a book on philosophy and theology! There is so much more for me to read in these fields. I don't often read just for fun.

Dr. Wm. Curtis Holtzen has been teaching philosophy and theology at HIU since 1998. His wife Wende, who also recently made a submission to our blog, works on campus in the Business Office as the Director of Human Resources. Dr. Holtzen's daughter, Roman Holtzen, is an undergraduate here at Hope.

Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein, Fourth Edition, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2009 (First Edition: 1953).

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