[A]fter more than half a century of scholarly effort, Wittgenstein is still not properly understood contends James Klagge in this impressive, fresh work. Combining rigorous historical scholarship, creative philosophical work and insightful cultural critique, Wittgenstein in Exile will be of lively interest to readers of Wittgenstein on all levels.—Philosophy in Review—
Wittgenstein in Exile is a thought-provoking book…Professor Klagge possesses the ability to formulate—with greater clarity than I myself have been able to muster—thoughts that I have nevertheless frequently had; it is in this regard that I most commend his book.
—British Wittgenstein Society
Klagge’s discussions are always clear, thoughtful, and intelligent…Klagge does not enter the house of Wittgenstein by the front door but writes for those who, having tried that approach unsuccessfully, want to look around the side to see if there is a way in there. For people in that position this is an excellent resource.
—The Philosopher’s Magazine
An important contribution to research on the philosophy of Wittgenstein…Klagge illuminates numerous themes and passages in Wittgenstein…provocative and stimulating.
—Trenton A. Jerde
, Cognitive Critique
Professor Klagge’s detailed knowledge both of the minutest details of Wittgenstein’s biography and the whole range of his posthumous philosophical papers lends the study depth…[Klagge] has written a book that is as intelligible as it is humane, which will certainly be immensely useful in helping beginners to appreciate the difficulties but also to enjoy the rewards of learning to philosophize with Wittgenstein.
, Humanities and Social Sciences Online
Surprisingly enjoyable…highly engaging. Klagge writes extremely well and shows an unusually high level of scholarship…thoughtfully and often convincingly presented and discussed.
Rich and varied in content…a stimulating read…Klagge makes fruitful use of less-known Wittgenstein material, such as notes from his lectures…[and] has important things to say on all the issues he raises.
—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Another and more important reason is the fact that the questions raised by the book will stimulate readers to think about aspects of Wittgenstein and his work that are too often neglected. It is an additional virtue of Klagge’s work that the material put at our disposal is rich enough to allow readers to assess a great number of arguments that could be adduced for very different, and perhaps incompatible, readings of Wittgenstein.
I mentioned Wittgenstein’s approach to philosophy, and would like to recommend an enthralling and scholarly account of him that I’ve just read: James Klagge’s Wittgenstein in Exile. Among other things, this book is a good companion to thinking about the nature of philosophy.
, 3:AM Magazine