Wittgenstein, possibly the most influential philosopher of the twentieth century, is often labelled a Neopositivist, a New-Kantian, even a Sceptic. Questions on Wittgenstein, first published in 1988, presents a selection of nine essays investigating a matter of vital philosophical importance: Wittgenstein’s relationship to his Austrian predecessors and peers. The intention throughout is to determine the precise contours of Wittgenstein’s own thought by situating it within its formative context.
Although it remains of particular interest to Anglo-Saxon philosophers, special familiarity with Austrian philosophy is required to appreciate the subtle and profound influence which this cultural and philosophical setting had on Wittgenstein’s intellectual development. Professor Haller has spent his career exploring these themes, and is one of the foremost authorities on both Wittgenstein and contemporary Austrian philosophy.
Questions on Wittgenstein thus offers a unique insight into the twentieth-century tradition of Austrian philosophy, and its importance for Wittgenstein’s thought.
Table of Contents
Preface; List of Abbreviations 1. Wittgenstein and Austrian Philosophy 2. Was Wittgenstein a Neopositivist 3. Was Wittgenstein a Neo-Kantian 4. Philosophy and the Critique of Language: Wittgenstein and Mauthner 5. Was Wittgenstein Influenced by Spengler 6. What do Wittgenstein and Weininger have in Common 7. Was Wittgenstein a Sceptic? or On the Difference Between Two ‘Battle Cries’ 8. The Common Behaviour of Mankind 9. Form of Life or Forms of Life? A Note on N. Garver’s ‘The Form of Life in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations’; Bibliography; Index