[Updated 3/14: this book is now published]
Very soon now, Cambridge University Press will release the eagerly awaited collection of new essays on Wittgenstein’s remarks on aspect-seeing, entitled Seeing Wittgenstein Anew (edited by William Day and Victor Krebs). The essays look absolutely terrific (to see the table of contents, click here), and don’t forget that the volume will include an incredibly useful concordance to the various (differently numbered and paginated) editions of the Philosophical Investigations, which we first mentioned in this earlier post. We’ll let you know when the volume is officially out, but you can pre-order a copy from Amazon by clicking here.
Here is the publisher’s description of the book, followed by a preview of the volume’s introduction:
Seeing Wittgenstein Anew is the first collection to examine Ludwig Wittgenstein’s remarks on the concept of aspect-seeing. These essays show that aspect-seeing was not simply one more topic of investigation in Wittgenstein’s later writings, but, rather, that it was a pervasive and guiding concept in his efforts to turn philosophy’s attention to the actual conditions of our common life in language. Arranged in sections that highlight the pertinence of the aspect-seeing remarks to aesthetic and moral perception, self-knowledge, mind and consciousness, linguistic agreement, philosophical therapy, and “seeing connections,” the sixteen essays, which were specially commissioned for this volume, demonstrate the unity of not only Philosophical Investigations but also Wittgenstein’s later thought as a whole. They open up novel paths across familiar fields of thought: the objectivity of interpretation, the fixity of the past, the acquisition of language, and the nature of human consciousness. Significantly, they exemplify how continuing consideration of the interrelated phenomena and concepts surrounding aspect-seeing might produce a fruitful way of doing philosophy.
CUP has posted a PDF of the first 10 pages of the editors’ introduction on their website. You can access it by clicking here. The following is a preview of its first two pages: