New: Wittgenstein and Political Theory: The View from Somewhere

Columbia University Press (in association with Edinburgh University Press) has just published a book by Christopher Robinson (Political Science, Clarkson University) entitled Wittgenstein and Political Theory: The View From Somewhere. To visit the publisher’s webpage for the book, please click here.

Here is the press’ description of the volume:

Ludwig Wittgenstein was arguably the most important philosopher of the twentieth century. Although his writings have influenced a range of philosophical and cultural movements, his impact was not felt strongly in political theory. Indeed, the most comprehensive study of Wittgenstein in this area was published over thirty five years ago. Wittgenstein and Political Theory reconnects Wittgenstein with the problems and trends of contemporary political theory.

Christopher C. Robinson’s central argument is that Wittgenstein offers scholars an array of useful conceptual and critical tools, particularly his remarks on perception, which are brought to bear on theory’s historical and etymological efforts at clear seeing. This work enables the theorist to freely explore the city of language and approach political concepts such as liberty, dignity, dissent, and ideology with a fresh eye. Designed to be read by graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are interested in both Wittgenstein’s philosophy and strategies for achieving political vision in an age of bureaucracy.

Related: Andrew Norris, The Claim to Community: Essays on Stanley Cavell and Political Philosophy (Stanford Univ. Press, 2006).

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