Wittgenstein and His InterpretersEssays in Memory of Gordon Baker
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
Notes on Contributors vii Acknowledgements xi List of Abbreviations xii Introduction 1 Guy Kahane, Edward Kanterian, and Oskari Kuusela 1 Perspectives on Wittgenstein: An Intermittently 37 Opinionated Survey Hans-Johann Glock 2 Wittgenstein’s Method: Ridding People of 66 Philosophical Prejudices Katherine Morris 3 Gordon Baker’s Late Interpretation of Wittgenstein 88 P. M. S. Hacker 4 The Interpretation of the Philosophical Investigations: 123 Style, Therapy, Nachlass Alois Pichler 5 Ways of Reading Wittgenstein: Observations on 145 Certain Uses of the Word ‘Metaphysics’ Joachim Schulte 6 Metaphysical/Everyday Use: A Note on a Late 169 Paper by Gordon Baker Hilary Putnam 7 Wittgenstein and Transcendental Idealism 174 A. W. Moore 8 Simples and the Idea of Analysis in the Tractatus 200 Marie McGinn 9 Words, Waxing and Waning: Ethics in/and/of the 221 Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus Stephen Mulhall 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 Ray Monk 12 Wittgenstein and Ethical Naturalism 295 Alice Crary Bibliography 320 Name Index 345 Subject Index 350
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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).
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. Reflecting a range of different perspectives, some contributions offer an historical overview, mapping different schools and approaches to Wittgenstein interpretation. Others consider questions of methodology and style, or examine and shed new light on seminal controversies. Taken together, the essays provide a much needed overview of the complex landscape of both Wittgenstein exegesis and Wittgensteinian approaches to philosophy and will serve as an essential resource and guide for both students and scholars.
"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)