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Wittgenstein and Phenomenology

1st Edition

Edited by Oskari Kuusela, Mihai Ometita, Timur Uçan


280 pages

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This volume of new essays explores the relationship between the thought of Wittgenstein and the key figures of phenomenology: Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre. It is the first book to provide an overview of how Wittgenstein’s philosophy in its different phases, including his own so-called phenomenological phase, relates to the variety of phenomenological approaches developed in continental Europe. In so doing, the volume seeks to throw light on both sides of the comparison, and to clarify more broadly the relations between analytic and phenomenological philosophy. However, rather than treating the interpretation of either phenomenological philosophy or Wittgenstein as an already settled issue, several chapters in the volume examine and question received views regarding them, and develop alternatives to such views. Wittgenstein and Phenomenology will be of interest to scholars working in philosophical methodology and metaphilosophy, the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and logic, and ethics.


"I consider that this new book is of great interest and even that it is one of the best collections of papers published on this complex topic. It above all achieves the following objective: the investigation of Wittgenstein's own phenomenological period."Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Table of Contents


Oskari Kuusela and Mihai Ometiță

1. Phenomenology in Grammar: Explicitation-verificationism, Arbitrariness, and the Vienna Circle

Mauro L. Engelmann

2. Phenomenology, Logic, and Liberation from Grammar

Denis McManus

3. Husserl and Wittgenstein on Description and Normativity

Daniel Dwyer

4. Heidegger and Wittgenstein: The Notion of a Fundamental Question and the Possibility of a Genuinely Philosophical Logic

Oskari Kuusela

5. Phenomenology, Language, and the Limitations of the Wittgensteinian Grammatical Investigation

Avner Baz

6. Pain and Space: the Middle Wittgenstein, the Early Merleau-Ponty

Mihai Ometiță

7. Internal Relations in Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty

Katherine J. Morris

8. Can There Be a Logic of Grief?: Why Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty Say ‘Yes’.

Rupert Read

9. Is Self-consciousness Consciousness of One’s Self?

Jean-Philippe Narboux

10. Life and World are One’. World, Self and Ethics in the Work of Levinas and Wittgenstein

Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen

About the Editors

Oskari Kuusela is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of The Struggle against Dogmatism: Wittgenstein and the Concept of Philosophy (2008), Key Terms in Ethics (2010) and Wittgenstein on Logic as the Method of Philosophy: Re-examining the Roots and Development of Analytic Philosophy (forthcoming). He is the co-editor of Wittgenstein and His Interpreters (2007, paperback 2013), The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein (2011, paperback 2014) and Ethics in the Wake of Wittgenstein (Routledge, forthcoming).

Mihai Ometi?a is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the New Europe College (Bucharest), and is currently researching Wittgenstein’s and Merleau-Ponty’s accounts of intentional action in light of cinematographic experience. He contributed to the volume Colours in the Development of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy (2017). He wrote a PhD thesis on the problem of phenomenology in middle Wittgenstein’s manuscripts (2015) and a research MA thesis on the Heidegger-Cassirer debate on Kant’s ethics (2011).

Timur Uçan received his PhD from the University of East Anglia (in co-supervision with the University of Bordeaux, thesis title: The Issue of Solipsism in the Early Works of Sartre and Wittgenstein). He has worked as a Temporary Associate to Teaching and Research at Bordeaux Montaigne University and is a Member of the Laboratory of Sciences, Philosophy and Humanities (Bordeaux, EA 4574).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Phenomenology

Routledge Research in Phenomenology publishes volumes that relate phenomenological arguments and ideas to a broader range of current philosophical problems. It also offers more historically informed studies of themes and figures from the phenomenological tradition, with the aim to be a rich resource of new ideas and approaches that promise to enliven contemporary debates. Clearly written and rigorously argued, these books ensure accessibility to a broad philosophical audience and to theorists working in other disciplines.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Methodology
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology