Wittgenstein and Normative Inquiry


Wittgenstein and Normative Inquiry examines the relevance of Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy for ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy, and religion. It analyzes the intellectual contexts which shaped Wittgenstein's normative thought, traces his influences, and presents contemporary uses of his philosophy in normative fields.

The chapters focus on the nature of normative inquiry. Together, they present a Wittgensteinian approach to normative inquiry, which, while broad and contested, stands in contrast to dominant deductive approaches. Arguing to normative conclusions by showing family resemblances, drawing analogies, using persuasion, appealing to naturalist arguments, authors and Wittgensteinians discussed by them expand our notion of normative inquiry.

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Mark Bevir, D.Phil., Oxford University, is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published on political theory, public policy, and philosophy of the social sciences, including his latest book, A Theory of Governance (2013).

Andrius Gališanka, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. He has published on political theory and philosophy of the social sciences.
List of Contributors
1: Introduction: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Normative Inquiry, Mark Bevir and Andrius Gališanka
2: Normativity and Ethics in the Tractatus: Method, Self and Value, Chon Tejedor
3: Wittgenstein: Values, Normative Inquiry, and the Problem of “Criticizing from Outside”, John G. Gunnell
4: Wittgenstein’s Blue Book, Linguistic Meaning and Music, Garry L. Hagberg
5: Wittgenstein in Pitkin’s Republic, A. A. Johannis
6: “The Machine as Symbol”: Wittgenstein’s Contribution to the Politics of Judgment and Freedom in Contemporary Democratic Theory, Linda M. G. Zerilli
7: Wittgenstein and mid-20th Century Political Philosophy: Naturalist Paths From Facts to Values, Andrius Gališanka
8: Wittgenstein’s Paganism, Kevin Cahill
9: Wittgenstein and the Peculiarities of Religious “Belief”, Brian R. Clack
All interested in the nature of normative inquiry (ethics, moral philosophy, political philosophy, aesthetics, religion), and the relevance of Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy to these fields.