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James C. Klagge

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

Recent Research

My two new books have just been published: Tractatus in Context and Wittgenstein’s ArtilleryI was recently featured in a podcast by Josh Kaufmann, winner of season 6 of The Voice, where we discuss Language, Silence and Music in light of Wittgenstein.  For my next book project I am editing a lengthy memoir by Wasfi Hijab, Wittgenstein's last student.  And finally, we are in the process of publishing an affordable paperback edition of the English translation of Wittgenstein's diaries from 1930-32 and 1936-37 (MS 183), with a new Preface by Ray Monk.  

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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 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 been teaching a lot of Ancient Greek Philosophy, which I love.  This semester I am also teaching a Metaphysics seminar where we are reading Russell's Philosophy of Logical Atomism, Sartre's Being and Nothingness, and Nagel's The View from Nowhere

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