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Wittgenstein and His Interpreters: Essays in Memory of Gordon Baker

Guy Kahane (Editor), Edward Kanterian (Editor), Oskari Kuusela (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-2922-0
368 pages
September 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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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
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Table of Contents

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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Author Information

Guy Kahane is Deputy Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University.

Edward Kanterian is lecturer in philosophy at Trinity College and Jesus College, Oxford.

Oskari Kuusela is an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki.

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  • 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
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Reviews

“If the main function of a book like this is to stimulate readers to thoughts of their own, then it succeeds admirably in its task.”  (Scribd Feed, 1 December 2012)

"An excellent survey ... .The essays are important contributions to the scholarship of Wittgenstein interpretation." (Philosophical Investigations, July 2009)

"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. It is encouraging to see a number of the papers engaging closely with Baker's own work. Particularly welcome is Katherine Morris's highly-Bakerian essay on Wittgenstein's method."
Rupert Read, University of East Anglia

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