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Comprising specially commissioned essays from some of the most significant contributors to the field, this volume provides a uniquely authoritative and thorough survey of the main lines of Wittgenstein scholarship over the past 50 years, tracing the history and current trends as well as anticipating the future shape of work on Wittgenstein.
- The first collection of its kind, this volume presents a range of perspectives on the different approaches to the philosophy of Wittgenstein
- Written by leading experts from America, Britain, and Europe
- Provides a much needed overview of the complex landscape of Wittgenstein exegesis and Wittgensteinian approaches to philosophy
- Assesses the current state, aims, and future of Wittgenstein scholarship
- An essential guide for both students and scholars
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About the Author
Guy Kahane is Deputy Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. He works mainly in moral philosophy. Kahane is also co-editor of Enhancing Human Capacities (2011).
Edward Kanterian is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent. Previously he held a lectureship at Trinity College and Jesus College, Oxford. He works in theoretical philosophy and history of modern philosophy. He is the author of Analytic Philosophy (2004), Frege (2012) and has a forthcoming book on Kant’s God.
Oskari Kuusela is Senior Lecturer at School of Philosophy, University of East Anglia. He is the author of The Struggle Against Dogmatism: Wittgenstein and the Concept of Philosophy (2008) and Key Terms in Ethics (2011) as well as the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein (2011).
Table of ContentsNotes on Contributors vii
List of Abbreviations xii
Guy Kahane, Edward Kanterian, and Oskari Kuusela
1 Perspectives on Wittgenstein: An Intermittently 37
2 Wittgenstein’s Method: Ridding People of 66
3 Gordon Baker’s Late Interpretation of Wittgenstein 88
P. M. S. Hacker
4 The Interpretation of the Philosophical Investigations: 123
Style, Therapy, Nachlass
5 Ways of Reading Wittgenstein: Observations on 145
Certain Uses of the Word ‘Metaphysics’
6 Metaphysical/Everyday Use: A Note on a Late 169
Paper by Gordon Baker
7 Wittgenstein and Transcendental Idealism 174
A. W. Moore
8 Simples and the Idea of Analysis in the Tractatus 200
9 Words, Waxing and Waning: Ethics in/and/of the 221
10 The Uses of Wittgenstein’s Beetle: Philosophical 248
Investigations §293 and Its Interpreters
David G. Stern
11 Bourgeois, Bolshevist or Anarchist? The Reception 269
of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Mathematics
12 Wittgenstein and Ethical Naturalism 295
Name Index 345
Subject Index 350
What People are Saying About This
"Wittgenstein and his Interpreters is an exceptionally stimulating collection and a fine tribute to Gordon Baker, whose work on Wittgenstein leads us to see new aspects and to appreciate new possibilities. The rich variety of approaches to Wittgenstein represented in this collection will enable readers to engage more deeply with Wittgenstein’s thought, even as they become aware of the wide range of alternative ways in which his thought can be understood."
–Cora Diamond, University of Virginia
"Gordon Baker was the most innovative and simply the most important reader of later Wittgenstein of his time. Thus he richly deserves a festschrift, and this volume is full of riches."
–Rupert Read, University of East Anglia
"An excellent survey ... .The essays are important contributions to the scholarship of Wittgenstein interpretation." (Philosophical Investigations, July 2009)