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Wittgenstein and the Limits of Language

Edited By

Hanne Appelqvist





ISBN 9780815385011
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
308 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The limit of language is one of the most pervasive notions found in Wittgenstein’s work, both in his early Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and his later writings. Moreover, the idea of a limit of language is intimately related to important scholarly debates on Wittgenstein’s philosophy, such as the debate between the so-called traditional and resolute interpretations, Wittgenstein’s stance on transcendental idealism, and the philosophical import of Wittgenstein’s latest work On Certainty.



This collection includes thirteen original essays that provide a comprehensive overview of the various ways in which Wittgenstein appeals to the limit of language at different stages of his philosophical development. The essays connect the idea of a limit of language to the most important themes discussed by Wittgenstein—his conception of logic and grammar, the method of philosophy, the nature of the subject, and the foundations of knowledge—as well as his views on ethics, aesthetics, and religion. The essays also relate Wittgenstein’s thought to his contemporaries, including Carnap, Frege, Heidegger, Levinas, and Moore.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Hanne Appelqvist



Part I: Logic, Self, and Value in Wittgenstein’s Early Philosophy



1. The Bounds of Nonsense



A. W. Moore



2. Solipsism and the Graspability of Fact



Colin Johnston



3. Wittgenstein and Levinas on the Transcendentality of Ethics



Hanne Appelqvist and Panu-Matti Pöykkö



Part II: Grammar, Linguistic Community, and Value in Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy



4. "We can go no further": Meaning, Use, and the Limits of Language



William Child



5. Frege, Carnap, and the Limits of Asserting



Leila Haaparanta



6. On Being Resolute



Paul Standish



7. Moore’s Paradox and the Limits of Language Use



Yrsa Neuman



8. Who are "we" for Wittgenstein?



Constantine Sandis



9. Animal Consciousness: A Limit of Language?



Hans-Johann Glock



10. The Limits of Language in Wittgensteinian Philosophy of Religion



Sami Pihlström



11. Measure for Measure: Wittgenstein’s Critique of the Augustinian Picture of Music



Eran Guter



12. Literature as the Measure of Our Lives



Daniele Moyal-Sharrock

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Biography

Hanne Appelqvist is Docent of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her work on Wittgenstein has been published in journals such as the British Journal of Aesthetics, the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, and History of Philosophy Quarterly.

Reviews

"In sum, this is a varied and illuminating collection. It comes at an important idea from a number of angles, and helps show the value of the Kantian reading that inspires it."Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews