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Hans Sluga

ISBN: 978-1-444-34331-1 July 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages


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)