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“Sluga’s Wittgenstein would be an ideal textbook in a course on Wittgenstein and political philosophy and an excellent introduction for those interested in exploring that relation.”  (Philosophy in Review, 1 December 2012)

“Sluga’s encyclopedic knowledge of Wittgenstein, and of other philosophers such as Frege and Heidegger, attests that he is eminently well qualified to write this book.  Summing Up: Recommended.  Lower-and upper-level undergraduates and graduate students.”  (Choice, 1 August 2012)

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Sluga draws a fascinating picture of Wittgenstein as a situated thinker: brilliant insights into the cultural background mesh with an often original and always profound understanding of Wittgenstein’s work, yielding an accessible and illuminating account of his thought.
—Joachim Schulte, University of Zurich

Concise, clear and accessible, this sophisticated introduction covers an unusually wide range of central topics, including Wittgenstein's historical and intellectual context, his philosophical development, and the ethical and political implications of his work.
— David Stern, University of Iowa

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405118474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405118477
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Moss on February 26, 2012
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This is a long awaited book from Hans Sluga. Sluga has been teaching and studying Wittgenstein's work for decades, inspiring countless students (including me). Sluga is himself an historicist, and the historicism is out front here, both on the scale of Wittgenstein's own development from the Tractatus through to On Certainty, and also on the broader scale, pointing to the influences of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Mauthner, and others.

The first three chapters of the book trace the first period of Wittgenstein's thought, the Tractatus and Notebooks. Sluga weaves biographical details into his analysis, treating his subject from the beginning as someone haunted by questions rather than by answers. Wittgenstein's recurring retreats from philosophical activity now paint a picture of someone drawing back and rethinking, returning to the same questions with fresh thoughts fed by the limitations he now sees in his previous approaches.

Sluga's treatment of the Tractatus reads as a test, for Wittgenstein, of the very idea of logical atomism. Logical atomism succeeds on its own terms ("Logic takes care of itself. . . "), but it fails as a metaphysics. In other words, in the end, there simply is no bridge between logic, the logical structure of language and thought, and the structure of reality. Logical structure cannot be said to mirror reality, and the primitives of logic cannot be mapped to the primitives of reality. Logic isn't part of reality -- it is "transcendental."

At the same time, the Tractatus sets up, by its exclusion of the "transcendental" from theoretical treatment, the questions of the relation of self to world, self to other, self to language and language to world, the themes that will provoke Wittgenstein's thinking throughout his life.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lars-Erik Nyström on April 15, 2013
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One of the best introductions to W:s philosophy. Direct on target, still multifaceted.
Understandable in disposition and language. Highly recommendable.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JAV on June 9, 2013
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The book by Sluga is excellent but the reader is the worst I've come across. He constantly mispronounces common philosophical terms, names of various philosophers (including Wittgenstein), common German and Latin expressions in a way that sometimes makes the text unintelligible. The worst case is his constant reading of 'causal' as 'casual'.
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