"A useful study....Clearly written and persuasively argued, this book is highly recommended."--Choice
"An original and fascinating account of the way in which Wittgenstein worked and of the development of his ideas. David Stern's mastery of the unpublished writings has made it possible for him to identify hitherto neglected connections of thought."--David Pears, Oxford University
"A revolution has been taking place in Wittgenstein studies in the last several years in that the significance of his notebooks and other previously unpublished primary materials for the understanding of his philosophy has slowly been realized and acted on. David Stern is keenly aware of this development, and his book is an important step in implementing it. As a consequence, no matter whether one ultimately agrees with his interpretations, one receives from his book a much more vivid picture of how Wittgenstein's philosophical mind worked than from virtually and other exposition of Wittgenstein's thought."--Jaakko Hintikka, Boston University
"I know of no other work that better combines both philosophical and literary techniques to the analysis of Wittgenstein's writings."--Robert Fogelin, Dartmouth College
"This book is a lucid and engaging account of Wittgenstein's thought....Stern's secrets are diligence, clarity, and impeccable scholarship....Stern gives you a book to make one of the most compelling and unique philosophers your own."--The Toronto Globe and Mail
About the Author
David G. Stern is at University of California, Berkeley.