JAMES C. KLAGGE

James C. Klagge

Professor

Office

241 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger St. 
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Phone

540-231-8487

Email

Department Membership

Philosophy

Expertise

  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

Professional Activities

  • Member, APA
  • Advisory Board, Publications from the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen
  • Advisory Board, Nordic Wittgenstein Studies Book Series
  • Advisory Board, University of Iowa Tractatus Map

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1983
  • A.B., College of William and Mary, 1976

Awards and Honors

NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award

Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award, CLAHS, VT

Guest Professor, University of Bergen Wittgenstein Archives, Bergen, Norway

Selected Publications

Books

Simply Wittgenstein, 2016

Wittgenstein in Exile, MIT Press, 2011

Wittgenstein in Exile, Persian translation, 2015

Edited Books

Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophical Occasions, 1993

Articles

“Wittgenstein, Frazer and Temperament,” in Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Frazer: The Text and the Matter, 2016

“Wittgenstein and His Audience: Esotericist or Evangelist?” in The Textual Genesis of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, 2013

“Wittgenstein and His Students: 1929-1933,” in Wittgenstein's Return to Cambridge: Reflections on the Middle Period, forthcoming 2017

“Wittgenstein, Science and the Evolution of Concepts,” in Wittgenstein and Scientism, forthcoming 2017

Additional Information

I am working on two book projects.  Tractatus in Context is a commentary and sourcebook of material that influenced Wittgenstein in writing the Tractatus, along with early reviews of the Tractatus and Wittgenstein’s retrospective comments.  Wittgenstein’s Artillery is about how Wittgenstein’s attitude to his audience evolved over time and how he became concerned with the ways his readers and students responded to his ideas.