Essays for P.M.S. Hacker
Thirteen leading contributors offer new essays in honour of the eminent philosopher and Wittgenstein scholar Peter Hacker. They discuss issues in the interpretation of Wittgenstein, investigate central topics in the history of analytic philosophy, and explore and assess Wittgensteinian ideas about language, mind, action, ethics, and religion.
Peter Hacker is one of the most notable interpreters of Wittgenstein's work, a powerful and sophisticated exponent of Wittgensteinian ideas, and a distinguished historian of the analytic tradition. Thirteen leading philosophers and Wittgenstein scholars offer specially written essays in honour of Hacker. Their contributions deal with a variety of themes associated with Wittgenstein. Some deal with issues of Wittgenstein scholarship and interpretation, including areas that have attracted an increasing amount of attention, such as ethics and religion. Others deal with central topics from the history of analytic philosophy. Finally there are essays that explore and assess Wittgensteinian ideas, in some cases as developed by Hacker, in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind, or in related areas such as the philosophy of action and the philosophy of neuroscience.
Preface; 1. Wittgenstein's Knight Move: Hacker on Wittgenstein's influence on Analytic Philosophy; 2. Wittgenstein and Frege's 'Logical Investigations'; 3. 'Moses': Wittgenstein on Names; 4. Analytic Truths and Grammatical Propositions; 5. Back to the Rough Ground: Wittgenstein and Ordinary Language; 6. The Private Language Argument; 7. Language-Games and Language: Rules, Normality Conditions and Conversation; 8. Wittgenstein's Ethics: Boundaries and Boundary Crossings; 9. The Lessons of Life: Wittgenstein, Religion and Analytic Philosophy; 10. Hard and Easy Questions about Consciousness; 11. Cognitive Scientism; 12. Knowing How To and Knowing That; 13. Action, Content and Inference; P.M.S. Hacker - Bibliography