Rules and Context of Use: Themes and Interpretations of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy deals with various topics from political philosophy, social theory, anthropology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language. It scrutinizes the topics in which Wittgenstein’s philosophy plays a prominent role: the status and function of philosophy, the method of the social sciences, the concepts of political discourse, the relationship between human nature, language, and rationality, the question of extended cognition and the problem of language rules. In the second part of the book, Sládaček investigates particular interpretations of Wittgenstein’s philosophy, above all those concerning problems of rule-following and potential skeptical implications of Wittgenstein’s philosophical stance. Further, the book points to the status and the relevance of Wittgenstein’s thought and specifically debates in contemporary philosophy, looking at the theory of Robert Brandom, John McDowell, Crispin Wright, Peter Winch, William Connolly, Chantal Mouffe, and James Tully. The book takes a polemical approach in reassessing the notions of habit, practice, forms of life, intersubjectivity, context of rules, and agreement in use.
Rules and Context of Use: Themes and Interpretations of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy
Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory
University of Belgrade
Year of publication: 2014