The nature of method has always been a topic at the very heart of western philosophical traditions, especially in the 20th century. One of the most influential philosophers of the last century, Ludwig Wittgenstein, changed not just his philosophical standpoint at least twice in his lifetime, but the very method of studying philosophy as well. A Custodian of Grammar discusses Wittgenstein's method in his later period, sometimes referred to as morphology. Krkac explores this topic from the primer of morphology and proceeds to more demanding and complicated topics, such as forms of life and perspicuous presentations. He also examines Wittgenstein's applications of his method, namely to consciousness, perception, and certainty. This book will be of interest to Wittgenstein scholars and to students investigating various philosophical methods of philosophy from the 20th century.
Kristijan Krkac, Ph.D., is a professor at Zagreb University, Croatia. He belongs to both the Zagreb School of Economics and Management and the Philosophical Faculty of the Society of Jesus. His interests and publications cover a wide range of subjects including pragmatism, epistemology, epistemology of religion, Ludwig Wittgenstein, ethics, political philosophy, and corporate social responsibility. He is the author of many Croatian works, such as Philosophy, Pragmatism, and Religion (2002), Wittgenstein's Pragmatism, (2003), Routine, Morality, and Pragmatism (2006), The Beginning of Democracy, Arguments for Refutation of Democracy as a Political Theory (2008), and Illegal Substances: an Essay in Trope and Process Ontology (2010, also written in English). He is the editor of two Croatian texts, An Introduction to Business Ethics and CSR (2007) and Introduction to Philosophy (2009). Krkac is also the co-editor of Business Ethics and CSR (2006, written in English with Dj. Njavro) and Ethics and Morality in Business Practice, from a special issue of the Social Responsibility Journal (2008, written in English with J. Debeljak).
List of FiguresList of TablesAcknowledgmentsSourcesAbbreviations of works by Wittgenstein and used symbolsIntroduction: Fighting windmillsPart One: Wittgenstein and philosophical morphologyChapter 1. Philosophical morphology primerChapter 2. Wittgenstein the morphologist I: Perspicuous presentation (with Josip Lukin)Chapter 3. Wittgenstein the morphologist II: Do not think, but look!Chapter 4. Wittgenstein the morphologist III: A form of life is a form of culture (with Josip Lukin)Part Two: Three applications - consciousness, certainty, and religionChapter 5. The nature of consciousness: Living human beings (with Josip Lukin)Chapter 6. Anti-sceptical weapons I: Smells like pragmatismChapter 7. Anti-sceptical weapons II: Hinges, gyroscopes, and planetsChapter 8. Anti-sceptical weapons III: Life and religion are full of coloursBibliographyIndex