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The Legacy of Wittgenstein: Pragmatism or Deconstruction

Edited By Ludwig Nagl and Chantal Mouffe

What is striking in the current reception of Wittgenstein is just how wide-ranging his influence has become among those who are trying to elaborate an alternative to the rationalistic framework dominant today. Pragmatists and deconstructionists are at the forefront of such a movement, of course, and it comes as no surprise that several of them have turned to Wittgenstein and have opened up new perspectives on his work. This joint interest has created a very welcome bridge between post-analytic and continental philosophy which have all but ignored each other for far too long. A promising dialogue is now developing, one to which the contributions to this volume can testify. They were originally presented at a conference organized in November 1999 at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London, sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Institute.


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Foreword ~------------------------------------------------ Hilary Putnam Rules, attunement, and "applying words to the world" The struggle to understand Wittgenstein's vision of language ________ __ Linda M.G. Zerilli Wittgenstein Between pragmatism and deconstruction ~----------- Henry Staten Wittgenstein 's deconstructive legacy Allan Janik Wittgenstein's critical hermeneutics: from physics to aesthetics ______ __ Stephen Mulhall Deconstruction and the ordinary James Conant A prolegomenon to the reading of later Wittgenstein Chantal Mouffe Wittgenstein and the ethos of democracy David Owen Democracy, perfectionism and "undetermined messianic hope" Cavell, Derrida and the ethos of democracy-to-come Ludwig Nag! "How hard I find it to see what is right in front of me" Wittgenstein's quest for "simplicity and ordinariness" _____________ _ Notes on contributors----------------------------------~ 7 9 25 43 63 75 93 131 139 157 163 5 This page intentionally left blank

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