David G. Stern
Professor Stern is the author of Wittgenstein on Mind and Language (1995) and Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: An Introduction (2004), and an editor of The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein (1996), Wittgenstein Reads Weininger: A Reassessment (2004), and Wittgenstein: Lectures, Cambridge 1930-1933, From the Notes of G. E Moore (forthcoming). His research and teaching interests include philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, philosophy and computing, and the history of analytic philosophy.
- 2015 Director, Obermann Center Summer Seminar, UI.
- 2014 American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant.
- 2014 UI Arts & Humanities Initiative Grant.
- 2013-2018 Collegiate Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UI.2011
- 2011 American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant.
- 2011 UI Arts & Humanities Initiative Grant.
- 2009 Honoris Causa Honorary Degree, Philosophy, UNMSM, Lima, Peru.
- 1999-2002 Faculty Scholar, one semester a year for three years, University of Iowa.
- 1998-9 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, University of Bielefeld, Germany.
- 1997 NEH Fellow, summer Institute on "Practices" at UC Santa Cruz.
- 1994 NEH Fellow, summer Institute on "Embodiment" at UC Santa Cruz.
- 1993 May Brodbeck Humanities Fellow, University of Iowa.
- Wittgenstein: Lectures, Cambridge 1930-1933, From the Notes of G. E Moore, edited by David Stern, Brian Rogers, and Gabriel Citron. (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, Fall 2015.)
- Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations: An Introduction. (Cambridge University Press, paper and hardback, 2004.) 208 + xvi pp. In the Cambridge Introductions to Key Philosophical Texts series.
- Wittgenstein on mind and language. 226 + xii pp. (Oxford University Press, hardback, 1995; paperback, 1996; electronic edition, as part of Oxford Scholarship Online, 2006.)
- DoisPontos vol 6 #1 2009, ed. David Stern, João Vergílio Gallerani Cuter and Mathieu Marion, 256 pp. Special issue on “Wittgenstein intermediário” (Middle Wittgenstein.)
- Wittgenstein Reads Weininger, ed. David Stern and Béla Szabados. 197 + vii pp. (Cambridge University Press, paper and hardback, 2004.) Published as an eBook, 2006.
- The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein, ed. Hans Sluga and David Stern. 509 + ix pp. (Cambridge University Press, paper and hardback, 1996. Electronic edition, 2005.) Kurdish translation, 2005; Chinese reprint edition, 2005; Greek translation, 2008.
JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
50. “The ‘Middle Wittgenstein’ Revisited.” In Proceedings of the 36th International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium. Göttingen: de Gruyter, 2014.
49. "Texts and style." In The Blackwell Companion to Wittgenstein ed. Hans-Johann Glock and John Hyman. 7,500 words. Submitted August 2013, for publication in 2014.
48. “Moore’s notes on Wittgenstein’s lectures, Cambridge 1930-1933: Text, Context, and Content.” Nordic Wittgenstein Review #2 2013, pp. 161-179. Print and online publication, August 2013. Co-authored with Gabriel Citron and Brian Rogers.
47. “Wittgenstein on ethical concepts: a reading of Philosophical Investigations §77 and Moore’s lecture notes, May 1933.” In Proceedings of the 35th International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium, edited by Hajo Greif and Martin G. Weiss, pp. 55-67. Göttingen: de Gruyter, 2013.
46. “Wittgenstein’s lectures on ethics, Cambridge 1933.” Wittgenstein Studien, 4:1 (2013), 191-206.
45. “A new book by Wittgenstein? The place of the Kringel-Buch in the Wittgenstein papers.” In Kulturen und Werte. Wittgensteins "Kringel-Buch" als Initialtext [Cultures and Values. Wittgenstein’s "Kringel-Book" as an Initial Text], edited by Josef Rothhaupt and Wilhelm Vossenkuhl, pp. 97-111. De Gruyter, 2013.
44. “The origins of the rule-following considerations and the development of Wittgenstein's philosophy in the 1930s.” O que nos faz pensar, 33 (March 2013), pp. 111-131.
43. “Des Remarques Philosophiques aux Recherches Philosophiques” [From the Philosophical Remarks to the Philosophical Investigations.] In Philosophiques, v. 39, #1, spring 2012, pp. 9-34, as part of a special issue on “La période intermédiaire de Wittgenstein” [Wittgenstein’s middle period]. French translation of a revised version of 35.
42. “On Dialogues — Wittgenstein’s Literary Style and Philosophical Methods.” In Wittgenstein-Vorträge: Annäherungen aus Kunst und Wissenschaft [Wittgenstein Lectures: Approaches from Art and Science], edited by Jan Drehmel and Kristina Jaspers, pp. 44-61. Junius Verlag, 2011.
41. “Private Language.” In The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein, edited by Oskari Kuusela and Marie McGinn, pp. 333-350. Oxford University Press, 2011.
40. “Wittgenstein, Qualia, and the Inverted Spectrum.” In Wittgenstein: Certeza? ed. Arley Moreno, Campinas, Brazil: UNICAMP, Centro de Lógica, Epistemologia e História da Ciência, 2010, pp 49-63. Coleçáo CLE, v. 58. Revised and extended version of 37.
39. “The Bergen Electronic Edition of Wittgenstein’s Nachlass.” European Journal of Philosophy, 18:3 (2010), pp. 455-467.
38. “Another Strand in the Private Language Argument.” In Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations: A Critical Guide, edited by Arif Ahmed, pp. 178-196. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
37. “Wittgenstein on the Inverted Spectrum.” In Language and World Part Two: Signs, Minds, and Actions. Proceedings of the 32nd International Ludwig Wittgenstein-Symposium, edited by Volker Munz, Klaus Puhl and Joseph Wang, pp. 135-144. Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, 2010.
36. “Tracing the Development of Wittgenstein’s Writing on Private Language.” In Wittgenstein after His Nachlass, edited by Nuno Venturinha, pp. 110-127. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
35. “From the Philosophical Remarks to the Unity of Science.” In Portuguese “Das Observações Filosóficas à Unidade da Ciência.” In DoisPontos, América do Sul, vol 6 #1 2009, 63-95. Revised version of 30.
34. "Wittgenstein's critique of referential theories of meaning and the paradox of ostension: Philosophical Investigations §§26-48" [PDF] In Wittgenstein's Enduring Arguments, edited by Edoardo Zamuner and D. K. Levy, pp. 179-208. Routledge, 2009.
33. “Digital Wittgenstein scholarship: past, present and future.” [PDF] In Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Information: Proceedings of the 30th International Wittgenstein-Symposium, edited by Alois Pichler and Herbert Hrachovec, pp. 223-238. Ontos Verlag, 2008.
32. “The central arguments of the Philosophical Investigations: an elementary exposition.” In French, in Wittgenstein. État des lieux, edited by Élisabeth Rigal, pp. 169-187. Paris: Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, 2008.
31. “The uses of Wittgenstein’s beetle: Philosophical Investigations §293 and its interpreters.” [PDF] In Wittgenstein and his Interpreters, edited by Guy Kahane, Edward Kanterian, and Oskari Kuusela, pp. 248-268. Blackwell, 2007.
30. “Wittgenstein, the Vienna Circle, and physicalism: a reassessment.” [PDF] In The Cambridge Companion to Logical Empiricism, edited by Alan Richardson and Thomas Uebel, pp. 305-331. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
29. “How Many Wittgensteins?” [PDF] In Wittgenstein: The Philosopher and his Works, edited by Alois Pichler and Simo Säätelä, pp. 164-188. Working Papers from the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen no. 17. Bergen: Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen, 2005.
29a. Reprinted in a new edition of Wittgenstein: The Philosopher and his Works, edited by Alois Pichler and Simo Säätelä, pp. 205-229. Frankfurt a. M: ontos verlag, 2006.
29b. Reprinted in Analysis And Metaphysics, Vol. 5, August 2006, pp. 40-62.
28. "How to read the Philosophical Investigations." Philosophie 86 (2005), 40-61. In French, in a special double issue of the journal on the Philosophical Investigations.
27. "Weininger and Wittgenstein on ‘animal psychology." [PDF] Wittgenstein Reads Weininger, edited by David Stern and Béla Szabados, pp. 169-197. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
26. “Reading Wittgenstein (on) Reading.” [PDF] Editors’ Introduction for Wittgenstein Reads Weininger, with Béla Szabados, pp. 1-28. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
25. "The Methods of the Tractatus: beyond positivism and metaphysics?" [PDF] Logical Empiricism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, part of the Pittsburgh-Konstanz Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science series, eds. Paolo Parrini, Wes Salmon and Merrilee Salmon, pp. 125-156. Pittsburgh University Press, 2003.
24. "The Practical Turn." [PDF] The Blackwell Guidebook to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, edited by Stephen P. Turner and Paul Roth, pp. 185-206. Blackwell, 2003.
23. “Nestroy, Augustine, and the opening of the Philosophical Investigations.” [PDF] Wittgenstein and the Future of Philosophy. A Reassessement after 50 Years. Proceedings of the 24th International Wittgenstein-Symposium, eds. Rudolf Haller and Klaus Puhl, pp. 429-449. Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky, 2002.
22. "Sociology of science, rule following and forms of life." [PDF] Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 9/2001: History of Philosophy of Science - New Trends and Perspectives, eds. Michael Heidelberger and Friedrich Stadler, pp. 347-367. Kluwer, 2002.
21. "Was Wittgenstein a Jew?" [PDF] Wittgenstein: Biography and Philosophy, ed. James Klagge, pp. 237-272. Cambridge University Press, 2001.
20. "The Significance of Jewishness for Wittgenstein’s Philosophy." Inquiry 43 (2000) 383-402.
20a. Reprinted in Essential Readings on Jewish Identities, Lifestyles and Beliefs: Analyses of the Personal and Social Diversity of Jews by Modern Scholars, ed. Stanford M. Lyman, pp. 132-151. Gordian Knot Press, 2003.
19. "The "dénouement" of "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind," [PDF] co-authored with Keith Lehrer. (Lehrer wrote Part III, pp. 211-213; I wrote Parts I-II, and IV.) History of Philosophy Quarterly 17 #2 (2000) 201-216.
18. "Practices, practical holism, and background practices." [PDF] Heidegger, Coping, and Cognitive Science: Essays in Honor of Hubert L. Dreyfus, Volume 2, eds. Mark Wrathall and Jeff Malpas, pp. 53-69. MIT Press, 2000.
17. "Wittgenstein and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge," (in Italian.) Studi Perugini, Wittgenstein e le scienze sociali [Wittgenstein and social science] #7 January-June 1999 pp. 191-219.
16. "Heidegger and Wittgenstein on the subject of Kantian philosophy." [PDF] Figuring the Self: subject, individual and other in German idealism, eds. David Klemm and Günter Zöller, pp. 245-259. SUNY Press, 1997.
15. "The availability of Wittgenstein's philosophy." [PDF] The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein, eds. Hans Sluga and David Stern, pp. 442-476. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
14. "Towards a critical edition of the Philosophical Investigations." [PDF] Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Culture, eds. Kjell S. Johannessen and Tore Nordenstam, pp. 298-309. Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky, 1996.
13. "New Evidence Concerning the Construction //Troubled History// of Part I of the Investigations." [PDF] Culture and Value: Philosophy and the Cultural Sciences. Papers of the 18th International Wittgenstein Symposium, eds. Kjell S. Johannessen and Tore Nordenstam. pp. 789-795. Kirchberg, Austria: The Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 1995.
12. "A new exposition of the 'private language argument': Wittgenstein's notes for the 'Philosophical Lecture." [PDF] Philosophical Investigations 17 (1994) pp. 552-565.
11. "The Wittgenstein papers as text and hypertext: Cambridge, Bergen, and beyond." [PDF] Wittgenstein and Norway, ed. Kjell Johannessen, pp. 251-273. Solum Press, 1994.
10. "Recent work on Wittgenstein1980-1990." [PDF] Synthese 98 (1994) pp. 415-458.
9. "Toward a complete edition of the Wittgenstein papers: prospects and problems." [PDF] Papers of the 16th International Wittgenstein Symposium, vol. I, pp. 501-505, eds. Roberto Casati and Graham White. Kirchberg, Austria: The Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 1993.
7-8. Editor, two pieces of Wittgenstein's writing, for L. Wittgenstein, Philosophical Occasions: 1912-1951, eds. James Klagge & Alfred Nordmann. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, 1993.
• A full transcription of material previously published in an abridged form as "Notes for Lectures on 'Sense Data' and 'Private Experience," [PDF] with editorial preface and some new translation from passages in German, pp. 202-288.
• "Notes for the 'Philosophical Lecture," [PDF] previously unpublished notes for a public lecture on private language, pp. 447-458. Editorial preface, pp. 445-446.
6. "The 'Middle Wittgenstein' from logical atomism to practical holism." [PDF] Synthese 87 (1991) pp. 203-226.
6a. Reprinted in Wittgenstein in Florida, ed. Jaakko Hintikka. Kluwer, 1991.
6b. Reprinted in Ludwig Wittgenstein: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Second Series eds. Stuart Shanker and David Kilfoyle, volume 1, pp. 262-283. Routledge, 2002.
5. "Heraclitus' and Wittgenstein's river images: stepping twice into the same river." [PDF] The Monist 74 (1991) pp. 579-604.
4. "Models of memory: Wittgenstein and cognitive science." [PDF] Philosophical Psychology 4 (1991) pp. 137-152.
3. "Are disagreements about taste possible? [PDF] A discussion of Kant's antinomy of taste." Iowa Review 21 #2 (1991) pp. 66-71.
2. "'What is the ground of the relationship of that in us which we call "representation" to the object?' [PDF] Reflections on the Kantian legacy in the philosophy of mind." Doing Philosophy Historically, ed. Peter Hare, pp. 216-230. Buffalo NY: Prometheus Press, 1988.
1. Wittgenstein's Epistemology in the 1920s and 1930s: from the picture theory to 'philosophical pictures." [PDF] Proceedings of the 11th International Wittgenstein Symposium, eds. Paul Weingartner and Gerhard Schurz. pp. 424-426. Vienna: Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky, 1987.
- Professor, University of Iowa. Philosophy. 2004-.
Department Chair. 2005-2007.
Associate Professor, 1994-2004.
Assistant Professor, 1988-1994.
- Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, University of Bielefeld, Germany. 1998-1999.
- Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley. Rhetoric. 1993-1996.
- Killam Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Philosophy. 1987-8.