Wittgenstein presents a concise, comprehensive, and systematic treatment of Ludwig Wittgenstein's thought from his early work, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, to the posthumous publication of On Certainty, notes written just prior to his death. * A substantial scholarly addition to our understanding of one of the most original and influential thinkers of the twentieth century, by renowned Wittgenstein scholar, Hans Sluga * Proposes an original new interpretation of Wittgenstein's work * Written to also be accessible to readers unfamiliar with Wittgenstein's thought * Includes discussion of the social and political background and contemporary relevance of Wittgenstein's thoughts
Hans Sluga is the William and Trudy Ausfahl Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Gottlob Frege (1980) and Heidegger's Crisis: Philosophy and Politics in Nazi Germany (1993), and editor (with David Stern) of The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein (1996).
Preface vi Abbreviations x 1 The situated thinker 1 2 The world and its structure 20 3 The limits of language 39 4 The prodigious diversity of language games 57 5 Families and resemblances 76 6 Our unsurveyable grammar 95 7 Visible rails invisibly laid to infinity 112 8 What is the use of studying philosophy? 131 Index 151