Since the middle of the 20th century Ludwig Wittgenstein has been an exceptionally influential and controversial figure wherever philosophy is studied. This is the most comprehensive volume ever published on Wittgenstein: thirty-five leading scholars explore the whole range of his thought, offering critical engagement and original interpretation, and tracing his philosophical development. Topics discussed include logic and mathematics, language and mind, epistemology, philosophical methodology, religion, ethics, and aesthetics. Wittgenstein's relation to other founders of analytic philosophy such as Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and G. E. Moore is explored. This Handbook is the place to look for a full understanding of Wittgenstein's special importance to modern philosophy.
Oskari Kuusela is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of The Struggle Against Dogmatism: Wittgenstein and the Concept of Philosophy (Harvard UP, 2008) and the co-editor of Wittgenstein's Interpreters: Essays in Memory of Gordon Baker (Blackwell, 2007). Professor Marie McGinn is Professor Emerita of the University of York, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. She is author of Sense and Certainty (Blackwell, 1989), Wittgenstein and the Philosophical Investigations (Routledge, 1997), Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Logic and Language (OUP, 2007), and Wittgenstein and the Philosophical Investigations, 2nd Edition (Routledge, forthcoming).
PART I: INTRODUCTION; PART II: LOGIC AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF MATHEMATICS; PART III: PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE; PART IV: PHILOSOPHY OF MIND; PART V: EPISTEMOLOGY; PART VI: METHOD; PART VII: RELIGION, AESTHETICS, ETHICS