History of Analytic Philosophy

Wittgenstein and Pragmatism

On Certainty in the Light of Peirce and James

Authors: Boncompagni, Anna

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  • Uncovers the alleged pragmatist side of Wittgenstein’s later philosophy
  • Explores doubt, certainty, common sense, forms of life, action and the pragmatic maxim
  • Describes the relevance of Frank Ramsey in the development of Wittgenstein’s thought
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About this book

This book investigates the conflicts concerning pragmatism in

Wittgenstein’s work On Certainty, through a comparison with the

pragmatist tradition as expressed by its founding fathers Charles S. Peirce

and William James. It also describes Wittgenstein’s first encounters with

pragmatism in the 1930s and shows the relevance of Frank Ramsey in the

development of his thought. Offering a balanced, critical and theoretical

examination the author discusses issues such as doubt, certainty, common

sense, forms of life, action and the pragmatic maxim. While highlighting

the objective convergences and divergences between the two approaches,

the volume makes links to ongoing debates on relativism, foundationalism,

scepticism and objectivity. It will be of interest to anyone searching for new

perspectives on Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

About the authors

Anna Boncompagni (University of California, Irvine) works mainly on Wittgenstein’s later philosophy and on pragmatism, and is also interested in phenomenology, the history of analytic philosophy, and the philosophy of psychiatry. Her previous publications include “Elucidating Forms of Life: The Evolution of a Philosophical Tool”, Nordic Wittgenstein Review (2015) and Wittgenstein: Lo Sguardo e il Limite (2012).

Reviews

“It would be interesting to see how Wittgenstein’s unique style can be derived from a theory-neutral perspective that is perhaps more pragmatic than what was offered by the pragmatists, insofar as it is committed to no theory except to the extent that it helps us to avoid confusions.” (Cayla Clinkenbeard, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Vol. 39 (2), 2019)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wittgenstein and Pragmatism
Book Subtitle
On Certainty in the Light of Peirce and James
Authors
Series Title
History of Analytic Philosophy
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58847-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58847-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58846-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-92799-9
Series ISSN
2634-5994
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 311
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