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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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Notes on contributors James Conant is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is the editor of two volumes of Hilary Putnam's essays and two volumes of Thomas Kuhn's posthumous publications, and author of numerous articles on, among others, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, William James, Frege, Carnap and Witt- genstein. Allan Janik is Research Fellow at the University of lnnsbruck's Brenner Archives Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor for the Philosophy of Culture at the University of Vienna. He has held visiting professorships in Graz, lnns- bruck, Bergen, Stockholm and Mexico City. Publications include Wittgenstein's Vienna, Style, Politics and the Future of Philosophy, How Not to Interpret a Culture, Cordelia's Silence, The Dimension of Presence: Essays on Wittgenstein, and The Concept of Knowledge in Practical Philosophy. Chantal Mouffe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. She is the author of, among other works, The Return of the Political, Hegemony and the Socialist Strategy (with Ernesto Laclau), The Dimensions of Radical Democracy, The Challenge of Carl Schmitt and, most recently, The Democratic Paradox. Stephen Mulhall is a Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at New College, Oxford. His research has focused primarily on the writings of Wittgenstein, Heidegger and Kierkegaard. His more recent publications include Stanley Cavell: Philoso- phy's Recounting of the Ordinary (1994) and Heidegger and Being and Time (1996). Ludwig Nagl is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna. He is the author of Pragmatismus ( 1998), Charles Sanders...

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