The Literary Wittgenstein
Edited by John Gibson, Wolfgang Huemer
Routledge – 2004 – 368 pages
The Literary Wittgenstein is a stellar collection of articles relating the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) to core problems in the theory and philosophy of literature.
Amid growing recognition that Wittgenstein's philosophy has important implications for literary studies, this book brings together twenty-one articles by the most prominent figures in the field. Eighteen of the articles are published here for the first time.
The Literary Wittgenstein applies the approach of Wittgenstein to core areas of literary theory, including poetry, deconstruction, the ethical value of literature, and the nature and logic of fictional discourse. The literary dimension of Wittgenstein's own writings is also explored, such as the authorial strategy of the Tractatus, and writing and method in the Philosophical Investigations. Major literary figures discussed in the book include William Faulkner, Joseph Conrad, and Friedrich Hölderlin.
By mapping out the foundations of a new approach to literature, The Literary Wittgenstein is essential reading for anyone interested in the relevance and application of Wittgenstein's thought to literary theory, aesthetics, and the philosophy of language and logic.
Notes on Contributors Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1. Philosophy as a Kind of Literature/Literature as a Kind of Philosophy Part 2. Reading with Wittgenstein Part 3. Literature and the Boundaries of Self and Sense Part 4. Fiction and the Tractatus Part 5. The Larger View
John Gibson is Visiting Assistant Professor at Temple University, US.
Wolfgang Huemer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Erfurt, Germany, and the author of The Constitution of Consciousness (Kluwer, forthcoming).