by Hans Sluga


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Wittgenstein by Hans Sluga

Wittgenstein presents a concise, comprehensive, andsystematic treatment of Ludwig Wittgenstein's thought from hisearly work, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, to theposthumous publication of On Certainty, notes written justprior to his death.

  • A substantial scholarly addition to our understanding of one ofthe most original and influential thinkers of the twentiethcentury, by renowned Wittgenstein scholar, Hans Sluga
  • Proposes an original new interpretation of Wittgenstein'swork
  • Written to also be accessible to readers unfamiliar withWittgenstein's thought
  • Includes discussion of the social and political background andcontemporary relevance of Wittgenstein's thoughts

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405118484
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Blackwell Great Minds Series , #28
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Hans Sluga is the William and Trudy Ausfahl Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Gottlob Frege (1980) and Heidegger's Crisis: Philosophy and Politics in Nazi Germany (1993), and editor (with David Stern) of The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein (1996).

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Abbreviations x

1 The situated thinker 1

2 The world and its structure 20

3 The limits of language 39

4 The prodigious diversity of language games 57

5 Families and resemblances 76

6 Our unsurveyable grammar 95

7 Visible rails invisibly laid to infinity 112

8 What is the use of studying philosophy? 131

Index 151

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Sluga draws a fascinating picture of Wittgenstein as a situatedthinker: brilliant insights into the cultural background mesh withan often original and always profound understanding ofWittgenstein’s work, yielding an accessible and illuminatingaccount of his thought.
—Joachim Schulte, University of Zurich

Concise, clear and accessible, this sophisticated introductioncovers an unusually wide range of central topics, includingWittgenstein's historical and intellectual context, hisphilosophical development, and the ethical and politicalimplications of his work.
— David Stern, University of Iowa

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