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Wittgenstein and Justice: On the Significance of Ludwig Wittgenstein for Social and Political Thought
Hanna Pitkin argues that Wittgenstein's later philosophy offers a revolutionary new conception of language, and hence a new and deeper understanding of ourselves and the world of human institutions and action.
Published June 26th 1973 by University of California Press
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I read this years ago, simply because the author was my teacher. She didn't feel that it had anything to do with my study. She was undoubtedly correct, but it did furnish some food for thought as I pondered how I was ever going to come up with a senior thesis. I finally decided on the origins of the concept of justice.
I first started reading Wittgenstein and Justice in the early 90’s as I was trying to understand more of Wittgenstein’s philosophical approach to language and its applicability outside of the philosophy of language. Judging from my marginal notations, I had read about half way through the book (up to the “Wittgenstein and” of the title) before setting it down. When I picked it up again in January of this year I did not recall just how great the first half of this book is. Nonetheless, like many ...more
A very good book. The first half is a really nice explanation of ordinary language philosophy, with an emphasis on Wittgenstein. The second half is more speculative, and while the direction of this part didn't exactly go in the direction I had hoped, it is in itself good.