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
(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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
Anscombe and G.H.
von Wright, trans.
Anscombe, Oxford: Blackwell; 2nd edn, 1979.
(Contains interesting pre-Tractarian material on ethics and the will.)
Wittgenstein, L. (1980) Vermischte Bermerkungen, trans.
von Wright and H.
Nyman, Culture and Value, Oxford: Blackwell.
(Collected remarks, mainly from the 1930s and 40s.)