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Wittgenstein and the Creativity of Language

Editors: Grève, Sebastian Sunday, Mácha, Jakub (Eds.)

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This volume is the first to focus on a particular complex of questions that have troubled Wittgenstein scholarship since its very beginnings. The authors re-examine Wittgenstein’s fundamental insights into the workings of human linguistic behaviour, its creative extensions and its philosophical capabilities, as well as his creative use of language. It offers insight into a variety of topics including painting, politics, literature, poetry, literary theory, mathematics, philosophy of language, aesthetics and philosophical methodology.                                                                                                                 

About the authors

Charles Altieri, UC Berkeley, US.Maria Balaska, Paris 8 University, France.Sebastian Sunday Grève, University of Oxford, UK.Garry L. Hagberg, Bard College, US.John Hyman, University of Oxford, UK.Wolfgang Kienzler, University of Jena, Germany.Jakub Mácha, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, University of Hertfordshire, UK. Stephen Mulhall, University of Oxford, UK. Alois Pichler, University of Bergen, Norway. Rupert Read, University of East Anglia, UK. Ben Ware, University of London, UK.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Reviews

'Wittgenstein and the Creativity of Language is an exceptionally stimulating collection on a crucial new subject, the creative potential of ordinary language (artistic, scientific, philosophical). Grève and Mácha bring together a powerful group of authors whose various approaches to the topic strike a perfect balance between interpretative scholarship and philosophical originality.'

- Sandra Laugier, Professor of Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

'These essays explore both the standing possibility of creative language use and Wittgenstein's own creative uses of language. In doing so they advance and enrich our understandings of distinctively human and discursive being-in-the-world as both emergent within practices and capable of exceeding them. They will captivate anyone with a sense of the uncanniness of the ordinary and the vicissitudes of the human.'

- Richard Eldridge, Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy, Swarthmore College, US

'This book successfully challenges our received image of Wittgenstein as a closed philosopher closed language-games, a closed end-of-philosophy conception, closed possibilities of meaning and knowing. Using Wittgenstein's own philosophical practice as a springboard, the authors show him to have been an open philosopher. Their exploration of the theme of creativity artistic, linguistic, mathematical and philosophical offers us new perspectives on skepticism, artistic and philosophical style, method, modernism and idealism.'

- Juliet Floyd, Professor of Philosophy, Boston University, US

'A bold, exhilarating, and rewarding collection of essays that uses Wittgenstein's reflections on language to gain new, original insights into poetry, painting, architecture, philosophy, and language itself.'

- Hans Sluga, William and Trudy Ausfahl Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley, US                                                                                                                                                                                                             


                                                                                                                                                                           

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The Good, the Bad and the Creative: Language in Wittgenstein’s Philosophy

    Grève, Sebastian Sunday (et al.)

    Pages 3-25

  • Cats on the Table, New Blood for Old Dogs: What Distinguishes Reading Philosophers (on Poets) from Reading Poets?

    Mulhall, Stephen

    Pages 29-52

  • Ludwig Wittgenstein and Us ‘Typical Western Scientists’

    Pichler, Alois

    Pages 55-75

  • Wittgenstein on Gödelian ‘Incompleteness’, Proofs and Mathematical Practice: Reading Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics, Part I, Appendix III, Carefully

    Kienzler, Wolfgang (et al.)

    Pages 76-116

  • Wittgenstein: No Linguistic Idealist

    Moyal-Sharrock, Danièle

    Pages 117-138

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eBook £49.99
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Hardcover £63.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wittgenstein and the Creativity of Language
Editors
  • Sebastian Sunday Grève
  • Jakub Mácha
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47254-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137472540
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47253-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 314
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