Throughout his career, Wittgenstein was preoccupied with issues in the philosophy of perception. Despite this, little attention has been paid to this aspect of Wittgenstein's work. This volume redresses this lack, by bringing together an international group of leading philosophers to focus on the impact of Wittgenstein's work on the philosophy of perception. The ten specially commissioned chapters draw on the complete range of Wittgenstein's writings, from his earliest to latest extant works, and combine both exegetical approaches with engagements with contemporary philosophy of mind. Topics covered include:

  • perception and judgement in the Tractatus
  • aspect-perception
  • the putative intentionality of perception
  • representationalism.

The book also includes an overview which summarises the evolution of Wittgenstein's views on perception throughout his life. With an outstanding array of contributors, Wittgenstein and Perception is essential reading for students and scholars of Wittgenstein’s work, as well as those working in philosophy of mind and philosophy of perception.

Contributors: Yasuhiro Arahata, Michael Campbell, William Child, Daniel Hutto, Michael O’Sullivan, Marie McGinn, Michel terHark, Charles Travis, and José Zalabardo.

chapter |9 pages


ByMichael Campbell, Michael O’Sullivan

chapter |23 pages

Wittgenstein on perception: An overview

ByMichael Campbell, Michael O’Sullivan

chapter |12 pages

Two senses of ‘see'

ByMarie McGinn

chapter |18 pages

Suffering intentionally?

ByCharles Travis

chapter |21 pages

Contentless perceiving: The very idea

ByDaniel D. Hutto

chapter |20 pages

Wittgenstein and phenomenal concepts

ByWilliam Child

chapter |22 pages

Seeing and not-seeing as ways of inhabiting the world

ByYasuhiro Arahata

chapter |13 pages

Judgement and aspect: Tractatus 5.5423

ByMichael O’Sullivan