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The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein

2nd Edition


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Robert J. Fogelin, Thomas Ricketts, Kevin Cahill, David G. Stern, Steve Gerrard, Hans-Johann Glock, Cora Diamond, Stanley Cavell, Barry Stroud, Joachim Schulte, Hans Sluga, Juliet Floyd, Naomi Scheman, Michael Kober
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  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107545946

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  • Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951) is one of the most important and influential philosophers in modern times, but he is also one of the least accessible. In this volume, leading experts chart the development of his work and clarify the connections between its different stages. The essays, which are both expository and original, address central themes in Wittgenstein's writing on a wide range of topics, particularly his thinking about the mind, language, logic, and mathematics. The contributors illuminate the character of the whole body of work by focusing on key topics: the style of the philosophy, the conception of grammar contained in it, rule-following, convention, logical necessity, the self, and what Wittgenstein called, in a famous phrase, 'forms of life'. This revised edition includes a new introduction, five new essays - on Tractarian ethics, Wittgenstein's development, aspects, the mind, and time and history - and a fully updated comprehensive bibliography.

    • An updated edition of this accessible and wide-ranging volume, charting the work of one of the most important philosophers of modern times
    • Includes five entirely new chapters on the mind, time and history, Tractarian ethics, aspects, and Wittgenstein's development
    • Contains a new introduction which sets Wittgenstein and his thinking in its twentieth-century context, and a fully updated bibliography to reflect advances in recent scholarship
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    'The distinguished contributors take different interpretive approaches to Wittgenstein's work and cover a wide range of topics. Some essays stay within the standard range of topics, whereas others, e.g., Sluga's 'Time and History in Wittgenstein', look to extend the range.' Choice

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107545946
    • length: 532 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Wittgenstein's critique of philosophy Robert J. Fogelin
    2. Pictures, logic, and the limits of sense in Wittgenstein's Tractatus Thomas Ricketts
    3. Tractarian ethics Kevin Cahill
    4. Wittgenstein in the 1930s David G. Stern
    5. A philosophy of mathematics between two camps Steve Gerrard
    6. Necessity and normativity Hans-Johann Glock
    7. Wittgenstein, mathematics, and ethics: resisting the attractions of realism Cora Diamond
    8. Notes and afterthoughts on the opening of Wittgenstein's Investigations Stanley Cavell
    9. Mind, meaning and practice Barry Stroud
    10. Body and soul Joachim Schulte
    11. The question of linguistic idealism revisited Hans Sluga
    12. Aspects of aspects Juliet Floyd
    13. Forms of life: mapping the rough ground Naomi Scheman
    14. Time and history in Wittgenstein Hans Sluga
    15. Certainties of a world picture: the epistemological investigations of On Certainty Michael Kober

  • Editors

    Hans Sluga, University of California, Berkeley
    Hans Sluga is the William and Trudy Ausfahl Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Gottlob Frege (1980), Heidegger's Crisis: Philosophy and Politics in Nazi Germany (1993), Wittgenstein (2011), and Politics in Search of the Common Good (Cambridge, 2014).

    David G. Stern, University of Iowa
    David G. Stern is Professor of Philosophy and a Collegiate Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. His authored works include Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2004) and he is also a co-editor of Wittgenstein: Lectures, Cambridge 1930–1933, from the Notes of G.E. Moore (Cambridge, 2016).


    Robert J. Fogelin, Thomas Ricketts, Kevin Cahill, David G. Stern, Steve Gerrard, Hans-Johann Glock, Cora Diamond, Stanley Cavell, Barry Stroud, Joachim Schulte, Hans Sluga, Juliet Floyd, Naomi Scheman, Michael Kober

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