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Wittgenstein’s Moral Thought

ISBN 9780367372422
Published July 12, 2019 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

Wittgenstein’s work, early and later, contains the seeds of an original and important rethinking of moral or ethical thought that has, so far, yet to be fully appreciated. The ten essays in this collection, all specially commissioned for this volume, are united in the claim that Wittgenstein’s thought has much to contribute to our understanding of this fundamental area of philosophy and of our lives. They take up a variety of different perspectives on this aspect of Wittgenstein’s work, and explore the significance of Wittgenstein’s moral thought throughout his work, from the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, and Wittgenstein’s startling claim there that there can be no ethical propositions, to the Philosophical Investigations.

Table of Contents


Reshef Agam-Segal and Edmund Dain

1 Wittgenstein’s Moral Thought

Edmund Dain

2 Wittgenstein, Ethics and Philosophical Clarification

Oskari Kuusela

3 Moral Thought in Wittgenstein: Clarity and Changes in Attitude

Reshef Agam-Segal

4 Logic, Ethics and Existence in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

Eli Friedlander

5 Logic, Ethics, Aesthetics: Wittgenstein and the Transcendental

Kristin Boyce

6 Sketches of Blurred Landscapes: Wittgenstein and Ethics

Duncan Richter

7 ‘What is Ethical Cannot be Taught’ – Moral Theories as Descriptions of Grammar

Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen

8 Perception, Perspectives, and Moral Necessity: Wittgenstein, Winch, and the Good Samaritan

Martin Gustafsson

9 An "Exclusively Self-Regarding" Ethics: Response to Sluga

Kevin M. Cahill

10 From Nonsense to Openness – Wittgenstein on Moral Sense

Joel Backström

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Reshef Agam-Segal is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Virginia Military Institute. He held a visiting position at the University of Chicago (2007-2008), and taught at Auburn University (2008-2012). He specializes in Ethics and the philosophy of Wittgenstein.

Edmund Dain is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Providence College. He has also taught at the University of Chicago (2006-2011) and Cardiff University (2001-2006), and held a visiting position at the University of Bergen (2014). His work focuses on interpreting and applying the insights of Wittgenstein’s philosophy in Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology and Philosophy of Language.