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Analytic Philosophy and the Later Wittgensteinian Tradition


  • Explains the decline of the later Wittgensteinian tradition in the history of analytic philosophy from the 1950s to the present day

  • Illuminates the tension between Wittgenstein's later humanistic style and the natural science- based methods of post second world war analytic philosophy

  • Traces the impact of Wittgenstein's legacy including his early reception in the United States


Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy book series (History of Analytic Philosophy)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Paolo Tripodi
    Pages 1-24
  3. Paolo Tripodi
    Pages 25-50
  4. Paolo Tripodi
    Pages 51-86
  5. Paolo Tripodi
    Pages 87-126
  6. Paolo Tripodi
    Pages 127-170
  7. Paolo Tripodi
    Pages 171-197
  8. Paolo Tripodi
    Pages 199-214
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 215-267

About this book


This book aims to explain the decline of the later Wittgensteinian tradition in analytic philosophy during the second half of the twentieth century. Throughout the 1950s, Oxford was the center of analytic philosophy and Wittgenstein – the later Wittgenstein – the most influential contemporary thinker within that philosophical tradition. Wittgenstein's methods and ideas were widely accepted, with everything seeming to point to the Wittgensteinian paradigm having a similar impact on the philosophical scenes of all English speaking countries. However, this was not to be the case. By the 1980s, albeit still important, Wittgenstein was considered as a somewhat marginal thinker. What occurred within the history of analytic philosophy to produce such a decline? 

This book expertly traces the early reception of Wittgenstein in the United States, the shift in the humanities to a tradition rooted in the natural sciences, and the economic crisis of the mid-1970s, to reveal the factors that contributed to the eventual hostility towards the later Wittgensteinian tradition.


analytic philosophy history history of philosophy language Ludwig Wittgenstein philosophy tradition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of TurinTurinItaly

About the authors

Paolo Tripodi teaches history of philosophy at the University of Turin, Italy. His research focuses on the history of analytic philosophy, the later Wittgenstein and Wilfrid Sellars, as well as the attempt to apply distant reading methods to the history of philosophy. He recently co-edited a monographic issue of “Philosophical Inquiries” with Guido Bonino, devoted to the History of Late Analytic Philosophy (2018).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Analytic Philosophy and the Later Wittgensteinian Tradition
  • Authors Paolo Tripodi
  • Series Title History of Analytic Philosophy
  • Series Abbreviated Title History of Analytic Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-49989-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-69864-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-49990-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 267
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Language
    History of Philosophy
    Analytic Philosophy
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