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Wittgenstein in the 1930s: Between the Tractatus and the Investigations

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2019.12.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David G. Stern (ed.), Wittgenstein in the 1930s: Between the Tractatus and the Investigations, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 298pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781108425872. Reviewed by Anat Matar, Tel Aviv University Recent years have seen a burst of interest in Wittgenstein's post-Tractarian writings, those which paved the way to Philosophical Investigations and the later notes written towards the end of Wittgenstein's life. The period that had gradually acquired the title "Middle Wittgenstein" has indeed attracted attention for several decades now; yet it seems that the particular surge of interest in recent years has to do with the intense debate, which culminated during the 1990s, around the unity of Wittgenstein's oeuvre. While interpreters who hold a "Two Wittgensteins" approach emphasize the differences in method and in content between the Tractatus and Philosophical Investigations, as well as Wittgenstein's explicit criticism of his former philosophical self, those who advocate a "One Wittgenstein" reading minimize the importance of... Read More

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