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How to Use This Book to Help You Think
How to use this book to help you think

… about teaching primarily, and about life as well. The book is entitled Key Concepts and as the relevant entry declares, a concept is an organising idea which serves to pick out certain features in an object of thought and distinguish it from other objects. It is therefore an instrument of thought. The greatest philosopher of his day, Ludwig Wittgenstein, writing in the 1940s, sets out many of the guiding principles which direct the definitions in this book.

He begins by insisting that the meaning of words is found in their many uses.

Think of the tools in a toolbox: there is a hammer, pliers, a saw, a screwdriver, a ...

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