Ethics and the Philosophy of Culture – New Book, Eds. Ylva Gustafsson, Camilla Kronqvist, and Hannes Nykänen

Many thanks to Salla Peltonen for bringing this to my attention! (And my apologies to the editors & contributors for being so slow on the uptake.)

Out this last year from Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Ethics and the Philosophy of Culture: Wittgentsteinian Approaches

9781443843225Questions of ethics and the study of culture are tightly interwoven. Are we to see ethics as one thread in the fabric created by human culture or does ethics rather transcend culture? The discussions in this volume take place within this spectrum. Eleven Wittgenstein scholars explore how ethics is embedded in everyday activities and speech. The topics dealt with range from the ways we speak about human practices and nature, religious belief, gender, and moral understanding to questions about Wittgenstein’s views on ethics and what it means to understand and attend to a particular individual. Central points of departure are, firstly, that ethics cannot be reduced to any specific cultural form and, secondly, that how we conceive of language is crucially connected with how we perceive the relation between culture and ethics. The points of view put forth frequently pose radical questions to the mainstream of philosophy. The different uses to which Wittgenstein’s thought is put also raise important questions about how one should understand the role of language, ethics and culture in his philosophy.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements ……………………………………………………………………….. vii

Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………. 1
Ylva Gustafsson, Camilla Kronqvist and Hannes Nykänen

Abbreviations of Works by Wittgenstein ………………………………………….. 23

Part I Language in Culture

‘Dirty’ and ‘Clean’, and the Dialectic between Facts and Practices………. 26
Olli Lagerspetz

Ethics and the Logic of Life ……………………………………………………………. 44
Alice Crary

Wittgenstein, Religion, and the Rejection of Metaphysics…………………… 74
Mikel Burley

The Omniscient Being Knows…………………………………………………………. 92
Don Levi

Part II Culture, Ethics and the Personal

Wittgenstein on Ethics, Nonsense, and Metaphysics…………………………. 114
Duncan Richter

Ethics, Wonder and the Real in Wittgenstein…………………………………… 137
Sergio Benvenuto

On Knowing Right from Wrong…………………………………………………….. 160
Lars Hertzberg
ontents

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Part III Ethics in Language

Gender, Language and Philosophical Reconciliation:
What Does Judith Butler Destabilise? …………………………………………….. 172
Pär Segerdahl

Wittgenstein, Follower of Freud…………………………………………………….. 212
Joel Backström

Limits of Rationality: Winch, Read and Sass on Understanding
Schizophrenic Thought…………………………………………………………………. 245
Tove Österman

Forms of Attention, Attention to Form: Reading the Biography
of a Holocaust Victim as an Act of Remembrance……………………………. 264
Anniken Greve

Contributors………………………………………………………………………………… 282

About the Editors:

Ylva Gustafsson is a PhD student at the Department of Philosophy at Åbo Akademi University. Her research interests include philosophy of psychology, philosophy of anthropology and moral philosophy.

Camilla Kronqvist is engaged with teaching and research at the Department of Philosophy at Åbo Akademi University. Her doctoral dissertation (2008) dealt with the subject of love in relation to questions regarding emotions, identity and meaning. Her current research interests focus on moral philosophy and the philosophy of emotion.

Hannes Nykänen is teaching and doing research at the philosophy departments in Åbo Akademi University and Helsinki University. He is the author of The ‘I’, the ‘You’ and the Soul: An Ethics of Conscience, Öppningar och Labyrinter, Samvetet och det dolda: Om kärlek och kollektivitet, “Freud’s Dangerous Pupil” (on Wittgenstein’s philosophy), “Conscience and Collective Fantasy” and “Heidegger’s Conscience”.

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