Special issue of Paragraph: “Wittgenstein, Theory, Literature” (Nov 2011)

James Helgeson (French, University of Nottingham) wrote in recently with the following news, which we thought would interest our readers:

I wanted to call the attention of the readers of this webpage to a special issue on Wittgenstein of the journal Paragraph, which I edited and which appeared in November 2011. The issue concentrates largely, although not entirely, on Wittgenstein’s French reception, and contains articles by articles by Jacques Bouveresse, Sandra Laugier and Garry Hagberg, among others. (It is worth noting in particular that Maria Rusanda Muresan’s article in this issue, on Wittgenstein and recent French poetics, was runner-up for the Malcolm Bowie Prize for the best article in French studies by an early career researcher).

To access the table of contents for this special issue online, please click here. To purchase this special issue as a book (from Edinburgh University Press), please click here. Here is the press’ description of the volume:

The philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) – in particular the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (pub. 1922) and the Philosophical Investigations (pub. 1953) – was decisive for English-language ‘analytic philosophy’ in the post-war period. At the same time, French-language interest in Wittgenstein (as well as the ‘analytic’ tradition) was restricted and politically charged, in particular among French 1960s philosophers. Wittgenstein’s influence has waned in the last quarter-century amongst philosophers working in English. In French, however, his reputation has grown considerably. This special issue of Paragraph brings together articles by scholars working in France, the UK, and North America around the questions of language and canon-formation in philosophy and ‘theory’. In addition, Wittgenstein’s current pertinence to literary and historical interpretation are explored, as are the connections between Wittgenstein’s philosophy and contemporary trends in interpretation theory, such as cognitive approaches to interpretation.

Many thanks to Prof. Helgeson for drawing our attention to this volume!

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