Professor of Philosophy and Head of Department
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1983
229 Major Williams Hall | Email | (540) 231-8487 | Personal Website
Wittgenstein, Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics, 20th Century Analytic Philosophy
Dr. Klagge pursues a variety of research interests in moral philosophy, metaphysics, and 20th century analytic philosophy. He is especially interested in the metaphysical underpinnings of morality and the mind, focusing on supervenience and realism. He is also interested in the problem of conceptual change as it arises in our thinking about morality and mentality. Most recently, he has worked on Wittgenstein, both in his historical context and in his implications for current issues.
Dr. Klagge teaches a wide variety of courses, focusing on moral philosophy, but also straying into Ancient Greek culture, the history of political philosophy (especially Hobbes and Marx), metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, African-American Thought, and the meaning of life.
- Wittgenstein in Exile, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein: Public and Private Occasions, co-edited with A. Nordmann, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.
- Wittgenstein: Biography and Philosophy, editor, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Occasions: 1912-1951, co-edited with A. Nordmann, Indianapolis: Hackett, 1993.
- "Eliminativism and the Mental," (published in Russian translation), Epistemologiia & Filosofiia Nauki [Epistemology and Philosophy of Science] (Moscow), v. 24, no. 2, Spring, 2010, pp. 17-27.
- "Das Erlösende Wort," in Wittgenstein, Language and World, Part Two: Signs, Minds and Actions, eds. V. Munz, K. Puhl, and J.Wang, Frankfurt: Ontos-Verlag, 2010, pp. 245-256.
- "Supervenience: from Synchronic to Diachronic," presented at Pacific Division Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Pasadena, CA, April, 2008.
- "The Puzzle of Goethe's Influence on Wittgenstein," in F. Breithaupt, et. al, eds., Goethe and Wittgenstein: Seeing the World's Unity in Its Variety, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2003.
- "Wittgenstein on Non-Mediative Causality, " Journal of the History of Philosophy, 37 (4), October 1999.
- "`The Difficulty Here is: To Stop': David Bloor, Wittgenstein, Rules, and Institutions," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 31 (3), Fall 2000.
- "Rosalind Hursthouse, et al, Virtues and Reasons: Philippa Foot and Moral Theory," Ethics, 107 (4), July 1997.
- Philosophy 1204: Knowledge and Reality
- Philosophy 2115: Ancient Philosophy
- Philosophy 3015: Political Theory
- Philosophy 3024: Philosophical Movements
- Philosophy 4015: Special Topics
- Philosophy 4204: Metaphysics
- Philosophy 6014: Special Topics