Thursday, September 20, 2018

Forthcoming sooner than November

Wittgenstein in the 1930s
Between the Tractatus and the Investigations

  • AVAILABILITY: Not yet published - available from November 2018
  • FORMAT: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781108425872
Wittgenstein's 'middle period' is often seen as a transitional phase connecting his better-known early and later philosophies. The fifteen essays in this volume focus both on the distinctive character of his teaching and writing in the 1930s, and on its pivotal importance for an understanding of his philosophy as a whole. They offer wide-ranging perspectives on the central issue of how best to identify changes and continuities in his philosophy during those years, as well as on particular topics in the philosophy of mind, religion, ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of mathematics. The volume will be valuable for all who are interested in this formative period of Wittgenstein's development.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Wittgenstein between the Tractatus and the investigations David G. Stern
Part I. Changes and Continuities in Wittgenstein's Philosophy:
1. Wittgenstein and Moore on grammar David G. Stern
2. Wittgenstein on understanding: language, calculus and practice Alois Pichler
3. Wittgenstein on sentence-hypotheses and certainty Mauro L. Engelmann
4. Wittgenstein on meaning, use and linguistic commitment Anna Boncompagni
5. Will there soon be skilful philosophers? Wittgenstein on himself, his work, and the state of civilization in 1930 Wolfgang Kienzler
6. Wittgenstein and his students:
1929–33 James C. Klagge
Part II. Philosophy of Mind:
7. From Moore's lecture notes to Wittgenstein's Blue Book Hans Sluga
8. 'Two kinds of use of 'I'': the middle Wittgenstein on 'I' and the self William Child
9. Wittgenstein on rules and the mental Volker A. Munz
Part III. Religion, Ethics, and Aesthetics:
10. Wittgenstein's discussion of 'use of such a word as 'God'' Anat Biletzki
11. Wittgenstein on ethics, May 1933 Duncan Richter
12. Wittgenstein on aesthetic normativity and grammar Hanne Appelqvist
13. Wittgenstein's remarks on aesthetics and their context Joachim Schulte
Part IV. Philosophy of Mathematics:
14. Moore's notes and Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics: the case of mathematical induction Warren Goldfarb
15. Wittgenstein, Goodstein and the origin of the uniqueness rule for primitive recursive arithmetic Mathieu Marion and Mitsuhiro Okada.


  1. congrats looks good but £ 75.00 is rough

    1. Thanks. Yes, we need good libraries to read stuff like this.

  2. I'm curious about the title of the book. Many of us would take the period between the Tractatus and the investigations to be a very narrow slice of life (1929-30?). Is not most of the investigations written by 36 (I'd have to check--maybe 38)? And so my point would be that the title seems to be "Wittgenstein in the Third Quarter," like it was a football game. The reason why I bring this up is that I see a chapter by Schulte on Aesthetics, and I would no way attribute that to anything in between Tractarian and Investigations. That really is what begins the Fourth Quarter in my book. (<--i don't mean that literally). I think those lectures come in 38. Seeing conclusions in philosophy as being like artisan judgments is really what kicks off the last significant movement in Wittgenstein's symphony. It sets up seeing as, imponderable evidence (judgments) and philosophy of psychology.

    And it is true that all of this has a curious relationship to the Tractatus, but that seems to me to be a paradox rather than a temporal phenomenon. Where he ends up on that is actually like looking at the ruins in Rome. Certain columns simply remain standing.

    Anyway, I may be nitpicking. But I don't like the title (sorry!).

  3. ... I mean subtitle. I don't like the subtitle. "Wittgenstein in the 1930s: the Third Period"

  4. I kind of like it. It's literally true, but I imagine the idea is also to suggest some turning or change in Wittgenstein's thinking. Which definitely seems to have happened, even if people disagree about the extent of the change.