Note from the Editors


  • Daniele Moyal-Sharrock University of Hertfordshire
  • Piergiorgio Donatelli Sapienza Università di Roma


This special issue on Forms of Life was conceived on the top floor of a café overlooking one of Rome's wonderful Piazzas, after a conference, hosted by Piergiorgio, on Forms of Life and Ways of Living. Piergiorgio, Sandra Laugier and I thought the subject cried out for a small collection of essays in which several voices would elucidate the genesis, use and potential of Wittgenstein's concept of form of life - and we committed to producing it. This is the fruit of our Roman resolution.

Danièle Moyal-Sharrock

Piergiorgio Donatelli

Author Biographies

Daniele Moyal-Sharrock, University of Hertfordshire

Danièle Moyal-Sharrock teaches philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire (UK), and is President of the British Wittgenstein Society. Her publications, mostly in English and French, focus on Wittgenstein’s contribution to epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of psychology. She is the author of Understanding Wittgenstein’s On Certainty (2004/2007) and the translator of On Certainty into French (Gallimard, 2006). Her edited volumes include The Third Wittgenstein (2004), Readings of Wittgenstein’s On Certainty (2005/2007), and Perspicuous Presentations: Essays on Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Psychology (2007); forthcoming are: Hinge Epistemology (with A. Coliva) and F. R. Leavis: critic, teacher, philosopher. She is currently working on a book: Wittgenstein: The Genius of Philosophy.

Piergiorgio Donatelli, Sapienza Università di Roma

Piergiorgio Donatelli is Professor of Moral Philosophy at Sapienza University of Rome. He has worked on the theory and the history of ethics, and on (among others) Wittgenstein, Stanley Cavell, J.S. Mill, Michel Foucault. He is the author of several books and many articles and chapters in Italian, English and French. His recent publications explore the issues tied to the notion of human life: La vita umana in prima persona (2012); Manières d’être humain. Une autre philosophie morale (2015). He has published a history of ethics: Etica. I classici, le teorie e le linee evolutive (2015).