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David Pears

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David Pears (8 August 1921 – 1 July 2009) was a British philosopher renowned for his work on Ludwig Wittgenstein.[1][2]

An Old Boy of Westminster School,[3] he was in the Royal Artillery during World War II, and was seriously injured in a practice gas attack. After leaving the army he studied classics at Balliol College, Oxford, and was then for many years a Fellow of Christ Church.


  • Ludwig Wittgenstein. Viking Press 1970.
  • Motivated Irrationality. Oxford: Clarendon Press 1984.
  • The False Prison: A Study of the Development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy. 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press 1987/1988.
  • Hume's System: An Examination of the First Book of His Treatise. Oxford: Oxford University Press 1991.
  • Paradox and Platitude in Wittgenstein's Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2006.


Further reading

  • David Charles and William Child (Eds.). Wittgensteinian Themes: Essays in Honour of David Pears. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2002.

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