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Readings of Wittgenstein's On Certainty
 
 
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On Certainty is Wittgenstein's third masterpiece, and arguably the greatest contribution to epistemology since Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. The major aim of this collection - the first devoted exclusively to On Certainty - is to introduce philosophers and advanced philosophy students to a variety of significant contemporary attemtps to understand this brilliant but cryptic and under-appreciated final work. The essays have been grouped under four headings: the Framework, Transcendental, Epistemic, and Therapeutic readings, and an introductory preview helps explain why these readings need not be seen as antagonistic.
The authors in this volume include leading Wittgenstein specialists, as well as philosophers known for their work in contemporary epistemology. The papers contribute not only to Wittgenstein scholarship but also to current issues in epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, ethics, philosophy of education, and philosophical methodology.
This collection of essays will prove of invaluable assistance to scholars and students of Wittgenstein who have thus far only fleetingly ventured beyond Philosophical Investigations. Because of the enigmatic nature of On Certainty, this collection will be an essential tool in the comprehension of that work, and of Wittgenstein's legacy.


Description

On Certainty is Wittgenstein's third masterpiece, and arguably the greatest contribution to epistemology since Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. The major aim of this collection - the first devoted exclusively to On Certainty - is to introduce philosophers and advanced philosophy students to a variety of significant contemporary attemtps to understand this brilliant but cryptic and under-appreciated final work. The essays have been grouped under four headings: the Framework, Transcendental, Epistemic, and Therapeutic readings, and an introductory preview helps explain why these readings need not be seen as antagonistic.
The authors in this volume include leading Wittgenstein specialists, as well as philosophers known for their work in contemporary epistemology. The papers contribute not only to Wittgenstein scholarship but also to current issues in epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, ethics, philosophy of education, and philosophical methodology.
This collection of essays will prove of invaluable assistance to scholars and students of Wittgenstein who have thus far only fleetingly ventured beyond Philosophical Investigations. Because of the enigmatic nature of On Certainty, this collection will be an essential tool in the comprehension of that work, and of Wittgenstein's legacy.


Contents

Notes on the Contributors
Introduction
PART I: THE FRAMEWORK READING
Wittgenstein's On Certainty: The Case of the Missing Propositions; D.Z.Phillips
Why On Certainty Matters; A.Stroll
Why Wittgenstein Isn't a Foundationalist; M.Williams
Within a System; J.Schulte
Unravelling Certainty; D.Moyal-Sharrock
PART II: THE TRANSCENDENTAL READING
Wittgenstein and Classical Realism; H.O.Mounce
Wittgenstein's 'Kantian Solution'; W.H.Brenner
Wittgenstein, Global Skepticism, and the Primacy of Practice; A.Rudd
PART III: THE EPISTEMIC READING
The Contexts of Knowing; T.Morawetz
Wittgenstein's On Certainty and Contemporary Anti-Scepticism; D.H.Pritchard
'In the beginning was the deed': Wittgenstein on Knowledge and Religion; M.Kober
PART IV: THE THERAPEUTIC READING
On Wittgenstein's Response to Skepticism: The Opening of On Certainty; E.Minar
Wittgenstein and Ethics: A Discussion with Reference to On Certainty; A.Crary
'The First Shall Be Last and the Last Shall Be First...': A New Reading of On Certainty; R.Read
Bibliography
Index


Authors

DANIÈLE MOYAL-SHARROCK is Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. She has significantly contributed to highlighting the importance of Wittgenstein's later corpus. She is the author of Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), and the editor of The Third Wittgenstein: The Post-Investigations Works (Ashgate, 2004).

WILLIAM BRENNER is Professor of Philosophy at the Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. His publications include Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations (SUNY, 1999), Elements of Modern Philosophy (Prentice-Hall, 1989) and Logic and Philosophy: An Integrated Introduction (Notre Dame, 1993).