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Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Hanne Appelqvist (ed.), Wittgenstein and the Limits of Language,Routledge, 2020, 298pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780815385011.
Reviewed by Duncan Richter, Virginia Military Institute
This is a collection of essays, most but not all exegetical, about the idea of limits of language in Wittgenstein’s work, early and late. The papers are high in quality and varied in subject matter. I will say something about each of them, but start with some more general remarks about the book’s topic.
Brian Leiter, Moral Psychology with Nietzsche, Oxford University Press, 2019, 198pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199696505.
Reviewed by Matthew Meyer, The University of Scranton
Nietzsche’s moral psychology is a hot topic. Paul Katsafanas’ The Nietzschean Self (Oxford 2017) was followed by Mark Alfano’s Nietzsche’s Moral Psychology (Cambridge 2019) and this book by Brian Leiter. Like the other two volumes, Leiter’s work brings together substantially revised versions of previous papers, so some of its contents will be familiar to scholars in the field. At the same time, the book gives us a fresh perspective on Leiter’s interpretation of Nietzsche’s moral psychology. Readers will now be able to see how the papers Leiter published over the years fit together, and how he developed some of his ideas and responsed to his critics. Although I offer a handful of criticisms, I will say in advance that Leiter’s bookis a welcome contribution to the field of Nietzsche studies and moral psychology.