This volume is about the life, work, and intellectual legacy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Our aim in putting it together was to provide an accessible and up-to-date guide to Wittgenstein and his influence. In tune with the intentions of the Cambridge Companion series, the chapters focus on Wittgenstein as a philosopher and on Wittgensteinian themes within philosophy.
While we have retained ten of the fourteen chapters of the first edition, we have endeavored to enrich this second edition with a number of contributions opening up new perspectives on Wittgenstein's thought. In addition to a new Introduction, written by Hans Sluga, the new chapters are: “Tractarian Ethics” by Kevin Cahill; “Wittgenstein in the 1930s” by David Stern; “Aspects of Aspects” by Juliet Floyd; “Body and Soul” by Joachim Schulte; and “Time and History in Wittgenstein” by Hans Sluga. In addition, Michael Kober has taken the opportunity to add a substantial new opening and conclusion to his chapter. The comprehensive bibliography has also been fully updated.
We are immensely grateful to Terry Moore, for having invited us to edit the first edition of this book in the early days of the Cambridge Companion series, and to Hilary Gaskin, for her forbearance, expertise, and wisdom as editor of this second edition. We also greatly appreciate the work of the entire production team at Cambridge at every stage in the preparation of this volume. We also want to thank Phillip Ricks for his careful and capable transformation of the source files into a coherent manuscript, and Derek Gottlieb for his expertise and efficiency in providing the index. Thanks are due also to Jim Hutchinson who assisted in the compilation of the new bibliography, to the University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, whose book subvention supported the initial manuscript editing, and to William and Trudy Ausfahl whose research fund supported the indexing of the volume.