Wittgensteinian ethics

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-L114-1
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References and further reading

  • Johnston, P. (1989) Wittgenstein and Moral Philosophy, London: Routledge.

    (Monograph providing useful orientation and guide to sources.)

  • Lovibond, S. (1983) Realism and Imagination in Ethics, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (Examines the relation of the later Wittgenstein to a possible ‘moral realism’ emerging from truth-conditional semantics.)

  • McDowell, J. (1979) ‘Virtue and Reason’, Monist 62: 331–350.

    (Connects Aristotle’s ethics with Wittgenstein’s rule-following considerations.)

  • McDowell, J. (1981) ‘Non-cognitivism and rule-following’, in S. Holtzman and C. Leich (eds) Wittgenstein: To Follow a Rule, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

    (A Wittgensteinian critique of noncognitivist theories of ethics.)

  • McDowell, J. (1992) ‘Meaning and Intentionality in Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy’, Midwest Studies in Philosophy 17: 40–52.

    (Defends a reading of Wittgenstein as ‘quietist’ – one who disavows any substantive philosophical position.)

  • Phillips, D.Z. and Mounce, H.O. (1969) Moral Practices, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

    (Wittgensteinian argument for the ineliminable diversity of moral life.)

  • Pitkin, H.F. (1972) Wittgenstein and Justice,, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

    (Extended discussion of the significance of the later Wittgenstein for political theory.)

  • Rhees, R. (1984) Recollections of Wittgenstein, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (For insight into Wittgenstein’s personality and moral concerns.)

  • Wittgenstein, L. (1921) Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, trans. D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1961.

    (The only philosophical work by Wittgenstein published during his lifetime, and the source for his ‘early’ view of logic and language; sections 6.4 onwards relate to ethics.)

  • Wittgenstein, L. (1929) ‘Lecture on Ethics’, first published posthumously in 1965 as ‘Wittgenstein’s Lecture on Ethics’, in Philosophical Review 74: 3–26.

    (Short statement influenced by the general philosophical position of the Tractatus; with valuable background material by F. Waismann and R. Rhees.)

  • Wittgenstein, L. (1953) Philosophische Untersuchungen, trans. G.E.M. Anscombe, ed. G.E.M. Anscombe and R. Rhees, Philosophical Investigations, Oxford: Blackwell; 3rd edn, 1967.

    (Little explicitly on ethics; should be studied as a whole.)

  • Wittgenstein, L. (1961) Notebooks 1914–1916, ed. G.E.M. Anscombe and G.H. von Wright, trans. G.E.M. Anscombe, Oxford: Blackwell; 2nd edn, 1979.

    (Contains interesting pre-Tractarian material on ethics and the will.)

  • Wittgenstein, L. (1980) Vermischte Bermerkungen, trans. P. Winch, ed. G.H. von Wright and H. Nyman, Culture and Value, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (Collected remarks, mainly from the 1930s and 40s.)

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