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Wittgenstein in the 1930s
Between the Tractatus and the Investigations


David G. Stern, Alois Pichler, Mauro L. Engelmann, Anna Boncompagni, Wolfgang Kienzler, James C. Klagge, Hans Sluga, William Child, Volker A. Munz, Anat Biletzki, Duncan Richter, Hanne Appelqvist, Joachim Schulte, Warren Goldfarb, Mathieu Marion, Mitsuhiro Okada
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  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108425872

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  • Wittgenstein's 'middle period' is often seen as a transitional phase connecting his better-known early and later philosophies. The fifteen essays in this volume focus both on the distinctive character of his teaching and writing in the 1930s, and on its pivotal importance for an understanding of his philosophy as a whole. They offer wide-ranging perspectives on the central issue of how best to identify changes and continuities in his philosophy during those years, as well as on particular topics in the philosophy of mind, religion, ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of mathematics. The volume will be valuable for all who are interested in this formative period of Wittgenstein's development.

    • This is the first collection of essays in English on Wittgenstein in the 1930s
    • Written by a group of leading international experts from many different countries and from a wide range of perspectives
    • Represents the best new work on the topic
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    'Overall, the collection is excellent - it includes interesting, well-written essays by notable Wittgenstein scholars … Stern's introduction is especially helpful in situating the book in the existing literature and debates, and may be of broad interest.' M. J. Moore, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108425872
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Wittgenstein between the Tractatus and the investigations David G. Stern
    Part I. Changes and Continuities in Wittgenstein's Philosophy:
    1. Wittgenstein and Moore on grammar David G. Stern
    2. Wittgenstein on understanding: language, calculus and practice Alois Pichler
    3. Wittgenstein on sentence-hypotheses and certainty Mauro L. Engelmann
    4. Wittgenstein on meaning, use and linguistic commitment Anna Boncompagni
    5. Will there soon be skilful philosophers? Wittgenstein on himself, his work, and the state of civilization in 1930 Wolfgang Kienzler
    6. Wittgenstein and his students:
    1929–33 James C. Klagge
    Part II. Philosophy of Mind:
    7. From Moore's lecture notes to Wittgenstein's Blue Book Hans Sluga
    8. 'Two kinds of use of 'I'': the middle Wittgenstein on 'I' and the self William Child
    9. Wittgenstein on rules and the mental Volker A. Munz
    Part III. Religion, Ethics, and Aesthetics:
    10. Wittgenstein's discussion of 'use of such a word as 'God'' Anat Biletzki
    11. Wittgenstein on ethics, May 1933 Duncan Richter
    12. Wittgenstein on aesthetic normativity and grammar Hanne Appelqvist
    13. Wittgenstein's remarks on aesthetics and their context Joachim Schulte
    Part IV. Philosophy of Mathematics:
    14. Moore's notes and Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics: the case of mathematical induction Warren Goldfarb
    15. Wittgenstein, Goodstein and the origin of the uniqueness rule for primitive recursive arithmetic Mathieu Marion and Mitsuhiro Okada.

  • Editor

    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. He is the author of Wittgenstein's 'Philosophical Investigations': An Introduction (Cambridge, 2004) and Wittgenstein on Mind and Language (1995), as well as more than fifty journal articles and book chapters. He is also a co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein (Cambridge, 2nd edition, 2018), Wittgenstein: Lectures, Cambridge 1930–1933: From the Notes of G. E. Moore (Cambridge, 2016) and Wittgenstein Reads Weininger (2004).


    David G. Stern, Alois Pichler, Mauro L. Engelmann, Anna Boncompagni, Wolfgang Kienzler, James C. Klagge, Hans Sluga, William Child, Volker A. Munz, Anat Biletzki, Duncan Richter, Hanne Appelqvist, Joachim Schulte, Warren Goldfarb, Mathieu Marion, Mitsuhiro Okada

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