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Wittgenstein

ISBN: 978-1-4443-4329-8
168 pages
June 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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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
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Introduction.

Chapter 1: The Situated Thinker.

Chapter 2: The World and Its Structure.

Chapter 3: The Limits of Language.

Chapter 4: The Prodigious Diversity of Language games.

Chapter 5: Families and Resemblances.

Chapter 6: Our Unsurveyable Grammar.

Chapter 7: Visible Rails Invisibly Laid to Infinity.

Chapter 8: What is the Use of Studying Philosophy?

Index.

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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).
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“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)

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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