1st Edition

Wittgenstein's Enduring Arguments

Edited By Edoardo Zamuner, D. K. Levy Copyright 2009
    344 Pages
    by Routledge

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    by Routledge

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    Fifty years after Wittgenstein's death, his philosophy and the arguments it embodied remain vital and applicable. Wittgenstein's Enduring Arguments illustrates the use of Wittgenstein's thought for continuing philosophical debates, old and new. Featuring essays by leading international philosophers, the collection examines the key theme of representation in Wittgenstein's philosophy.

    Organised into three clear parts the book considers representation in cognition, in language and in what cannot be represented - the absolute. The first part applies Wittgenstein to leading questions concerning qualia, the grammar of phenomenology and developmental psychology. The second part applies Wittgenstein to vexing knots in the philosophy of language like language and concept acquisition, the normativity of meaning and linguistic understanding. The final section addresses Wittgenstein's unique philosophical approach to logic, self, religion and ethics.

    Each specially commissioned chapter demonstrates the successful application of Wittgenstein's philosophy; collectively they express a confidence that Wittgenstein's arguments and his philosophy will endure. Wittgenstein's Enduring Arguments is essential reading for those seeking to examine and assess the philosopher's lasting contribution to modern thought.

    Introduction 1. Keynote Article Charles Travis 2. Wittgenstein Qualia and Materialism Julian Kiverstein 3. Wittgenstein's Phenomenological Philosophy of Mind Daniel Zahavi and Soren Overgaard 4. Psychological dimensions of meaning: their logic and some applications Michel ter Hark 5. Concepts and Primitive Language-games Eva Picardi 6. On the teaching and learning of words Michael Luntley 7. Normativity of Meaning Hans-Johann Glock 8. Wittgenstein's critique of referential theories of meaning and the paradox of ostension: Philosophical Investigations 26-48 David Stern 9. The Architecture of Meaning: Wittgenstein's Tractatus and formal semantics Martin Stokhof 10. De-transcendentalizing Religion Anat Biletzki 11. Morality without Agency David Levy 12. Afterword: Wittgenstein Passages Denis Paul References Index


    Edoardo Zamuner is finishing a Ph.D. in philosophy of mind at the University of Edinburgh. He graduated from the University of Bologna with a dissertation on the semantics of proper names in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations. He was a research fellow of the Institute for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Bologna. He has twice been awarded grants for research concerning Wittgenstein’s philosophy of psychology at the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen.


    D. K. Levy is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He received his Ph.D. from King’s College, University of London. He has published concerning Wittgenstein and moral philosophy.

    'Recommended' - CHOICE, July 2009