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Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty
 
 
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On Certainty is the last of the three great works that stake out the turning points of Wittgenstein's philosophy. As Avrum Stroll writes, On Certainty is 'a philosophical masterpiece comparable to the Tractatus and the Investigations' (Wittgenstein, 2002). And yet it has received nothing like the attention and recognition of the other two, and is only recently moving towards centre stage in Wittgenstein scholarship. Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty offers a smooth, consistent reading of a work whose genius lies in its revolutionary elucidation of the nature of our basic beliefs, as nonepistemic, nonpropositional certainties which manifest themselves in our ways of acting. In finding his way to this achievement, Wittgenstein manages to expose the impotence of philosophical scepticism, and to dissolve the incommensurability between mind and action. On Certainty counters what generations of philosophers have maintained, by showing that certainty is attainable, but that it is not a 'knowledgeable' notion. Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty is an in-depth study devoted exclusively to Wittgenstein's last work, and will prove of invaluable assistance to scholars and students of Wittgenstein, in philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology.


Description

On Certainty is the last of the three great works that stake out the turning points of Wittgenstein's philosophy. As Avrum Stroll writes, On Certainty is 'a philosophical masterpiece comparable to the Tractatus and the Investigations' (Wittgenstein, 2002). And yet it has received nothing like the attention and recognition of the other two, and is only recently moving towards centre stage in Wittgenstein scholarship. Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty offers a smooth, consistent reading of a work whose genius lies in its revolutionary elucidation of the nature of our basic beliefs, as nonepistemic, nonpropositional certainties which manifest themselves in our ways of acting. In finding his way to this achievement, Wittgenstein manages to expose the impotence of philosophical scepticism, and to dissolve the incommensurability between mind and action. On Certainty counters what generations of philosophers have maintained, by showing that certainty is attainable, but that it is not a 'knowledgeable' notion. Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty is an in-depth study devoted exclusively to Wittgenstein's last work, and will prove of invaluable assistance to scholars and students of Wittgenstein, in philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology.


Contents

Introduction
Objective Certainty vs. Knowledge
The Nonpropositionality of Some 'Propositions'
Objective Certainty and Objective Certainties
The Features of Hinges
Types and Origins of Hinges
Linguistic and Personal Hinges
Local and Universal Hinges
Objective Certainty vs. Scepticism
Certainty as Trust: Belief as a Nonpropositional Attitude
Conclusion: No Gap to Mind
Endnotes
Bibliography


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 editor, with William Brenner, of Reading Wittgenstein's On Certainty (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), and the editor of The Third Wittgenstein: The Post-Investigations Works (Ashgate, 2004), as well as the translator of a forthcoming French edition of On Certainty.