Forthcoming: Acumen “Key Concepts” volume on Wittgenstein


We thought many of you would be interested to know that Acumen will publish, later this year (Nov. 30), a new volume in their “Key Concepts” series entitled Wittgenstein: Key Concepts, edited by Kelly Dean Jolley (Philosophy, Auburn University).

Here is the publisher’s description of the volume:

Wittgenstein’s complex and demanding work challenges much that is taken for granted in philosophical thinking as well as in the theorizing of art, theology, science and culture. Each essay in this collection explores a key concept involved in Wittgenstein’s thinking, relating it to his understanding of philosophy, and outlining the arguments and explaining the implications of each concept. Concepts covered include grammar, meaning and meaning-blindness, language-games and private language, family resemblances, psychologism, rule-following, teaching and learning, avowals, Moore’s Paradox, aspect seeing, the meter-stick, and criteria. Students new to Wittgenstein and readers interested in developing their understanding of specific aspects of his philosophical work will find this book very welcome.

And here is the table of contents (updated 2/08/10):

1. Introduction, Kelly Dean Jolley
2. Philosophical Remarks, Kelly Dean Jolley
3. Wittgenstein on Meaning and Meaning Blindness, Craig Fox
4. Language Games and Private Language, Lars Hertzberg
5. Wittgenstein on Family Resemblance, Craig Fox
6. Ordinary/Everyday Language, Rupert Read
7. Psychologism and Philosophical Investigations, Kelly Dean Jolley
8. Wittgenstein on Rule-Following, Roderick T. Long
9. Expression and Avowal, David Finkelstein
10. Grammatical Investigations, Roderick T. Long and Kelly Dean Jolley
11. Thinking and Understanding, Phil Hutchinson
12. Scenes of Teaching and Learning, Arata Hamawaki
13. Moore’s Paradox Revisited, Avrum Stroll
14. Aspect Perception, Avner Baz
15. Knowing That the Standard Meter is One Meter Long, Heather Gert
16. Criteria, Eric Loomis
17. Therapy, Rupert Read
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