Blackwell Great Minds, Band 34 1. Aufl.
Wittgenstein presents a concise, comprehensive, and systematic treatment of Ludwig Wittgenstein's thought from his early work, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, to the posthumous publication of On Certainty, notes written just prior to his death. A substantial scholarly addition to our understanding of one of the most original and influential thinkers of the twentieth century, by renowned Wittgenstein scholar, Hans Sluga Proposes an original new interpretation of Wittgenstein's work Written to also be accessible to readers unfamiliar with Wittgenstein's thought Includes discussion of the social and political background and contemporary relevance of Wittgenstein's thoughts
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
“Sluga’s Wittgenstein would be an ideal textbook in a course on Wittgenstein and political philosophy and an excellent introduction for those interested in exploring that relation.” (Philosophy in Review, 1 December 2012) “Sluga’s encyclopedic knowledge of Wittgenstein, and of other philosophers such as Frege and Heidegger, attests that he is eminently well qualified to write this book. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-and upper-level undergraduates and graduate students.” (Choice, 1 August 2012)
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).
For his radical questioning, original thinking, and determination to reshape the philosophical landscape, Ludwig Wittgenstein is widely hailed as a giant in twentieth-century philosophy. Wittgenstein presents a concise, comprehensive, and systematic treatment of the Austrian-born philosopher's thought from his early work Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus to the posthumous publication of On Certainty, notes written just prior to his death. Renowned Wittgenstein scholar Hans Sluga first recounts events in Wittgenstein's life in order to illuminate the historical, political, and personal conditions from which his philosophical work emerged. After identifying some of the philosopher's key concepts and ideas in subsequent chapters, Sluga then reveals how the cultural and political changes that Wittgenstein and his contemporaries lived through mirror many of the dramatic events now happening in the twenty-first century. Sluga's original analysis goes on to illustrate vividly how Wittgenstein's thought may help us to face the peculiar problems of our own contemporary social and political existence. Illuminating and thought provoking, Wittgenstein offers ground-breaking new insights into the mind of one of the most original and influential thinkers of the twentieth century.
Sluga draws a fascinating picture of Wittgenstein as a situated thinker: brilliant insights into the cultural background mesh with an often original and always profound understanding of Wittgenstein’s work, yielding an accessible and illuminating account of his thought. —Joachim Schulte, University of Zurich Concise, clear and accessible, this sophisticated introduction covers an unusually wide range of central topics, including Wittgenstein's historical and intellectual context, his philosophical development, and the ethical and political implications of his work. — David Stern, University of Iowa
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