From the Golden Age to the Decline

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


The chapter provides the book’s main explanandum. In the 1950s Oxford and to a lesser extent Cambridge were the mecca of analytic philosophy, and Wittgenstein—the later Wittgenstein—was the champion of that philosophical tendency: a great majority of scholars in the Oxbridge analytic community shared a body of methodological and theoretical points and attitudes stemming from Wittgenstein’s teaching; in those years, the later Wittgensteinian paradigm in philosophy was so dominant in Britain that to many it seemed not unreasonable to presume that it was about to have a similar impact on the philosophical landscape of all English-speaking countries. However, things have gone on differently and unexpectedly, so that the later Wittgensteinian tradition—its assumptions, purposes, methods and philosophical style—has been largely forgotten or rejected by present-day analytic philosophers. Thus the question is: How did we get here from there?


Oxford philosophy Wittgenstein Philosophical Investigations Contemporary philosophy in the United States Analytic philosophy Decline of Wittgenstein P.M.S. Hacker 

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  1. 1.University of TurinTurinItaly

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