Ethics after Wittgenstein

Contemplation and Critique

Edited by Richard Amesbury

What does it mean for ethics to say, as Wittgenstein did, that philosophy “leaves everything as it is”?

Though clearly absorbed with ethical questions throughout his life and work, Wittgenstein's remarks about the subject do not easily lend themselves to summation or theorizing. Although many moral philosophers cite the influence or inspiration of Wittgenstein, there is little agreement about precisely what it means to do ethics in the light of Wittgenstein.

Ethics after Wittgenstein brings together an international cohort of leading scholars in the field to address this problem. The chapters advance a conception of philosophical ethics characterized by an attention to detail, meaning and importance which itself makes ethical demands on its practitioners. Working in conversation with literature and film, engaging deeply with anthropology and critical theory, and addressing contemporary problems from racialized sexual violence against women to the Islamic State, these contributors reclaim Wittgenstein's legacy as an indispensable resource for contemporary ethics.


Richard Amesbury is Professor and Director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

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