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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 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: 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.

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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. I am an officer in 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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