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James C. Klagge

I'm a professor of philosophy, Wittgenstein aficionado, activist, and lover of books and music.

Recent Research

I am working on two book projects.  Tractatus in Context: The Essential Background for Appreciating Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus 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.  It is forthcoming from Routledge in October 2021.  Wittgenstein’s Artillery: Philosophy as Poetry 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.  It is forthcoming from MIT Press in August 2021.

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Recent Activities

I was part of a group of eight activists from Blacksburg that went to Charlottesville in August 2017 to counter-protest the alt-right rally held there. More recently I was part of the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington DC in March 2018. Virginia has had a rash of counties declaring themselves "2nd Amendment Sanctuaries."  In November 2019 I spoke before our local Board of Supervisors on this issue.  My comments are posted here.  I am a member of the local NAACP, and a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Christiansburg, VA.

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Recent Teaching

In 2017 I developed and then twice taught a course on Ethics and Autonomous Vehicles. It has now been approved as a new course: PHIL 3334-Ethical Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence, and will become part of the VT Pathways minor in Intelligent Infrastructure and Human-Centered Communities. Recently I have also been teaching a lot of Ancient Greek Philosophy, which I love.

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