Exploring Certainty: Wittgenstein And Wide Fields Of Thought by Robert Greenleaf BriceExploring Certainty: Wittgenstein And Wide Fields Of Thought by Robert Greenleaf Brice

Exploring Certainty: Wittgenstein And Wide Fields Of Thought

byRobert Greenleaf Brice

Paperback | March 27, 2017

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Ludwig Wittgenstein's On Certainty explores a myriad of new and important ideas regarding our notions of belief, knowledge, skepticism, and certainty. During the course of his exploration, Wittgenstein makes a fascinating new discovery about certitude, namely, that it is categorically distinct from knowledge. As his investigation advances, he recognizes that certainty must be non-propositional and non-ratiocinated; borne out not in the things we say, but in our actions, our deeds. Many philosophers working outside of epistemology recognized Wittgenstein's insights and determined that his work's abrupt end might serve as an excellent launching point for still further philosophical expeditions. In Exploring Certainty: Wittgenstein and Wide Fields of Thought, Robert Greenleaf Brice surveys some of this rich topography. Wittgenstein's writings serve as a point of departure for Brice's own ideas about certainty. He shows how Wittgenstein's rough and unpolished notion of certitude might be smoothed out and refined in a way to benefit studies of morality, aesthetics, cognitive science, philosophy of mathematics. Brice's work opens new avenues of thought for scholars and students of the Wittgensteinian tradition, while introducing original philosophies concerning issues central to human knowledge and cognition.
Robert Greenleaf Brice is assistant professor of philosophy at Loyola University, New Orleans, and is the author of several articles on Wittgenstein.
Title:Exploring Certainty: Wittgenstein And Wide Fields Of ThoughtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:132 pages, 9.1 × 5.93 × 0.42 inPublished:March 27, 2017Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: "Wide Fields of Thought"Chapter 1: Common Sense Propositions: Moore and WittgensteinChapter 2: Recognizing TargetsChapter 3: Mistakes and Mental Disturbances: Pleasants, Wittgenstein, and Basic Moral CertaintyChapter 4: "Aesthetic Scaffolding": Hagberg and Wittgensteinian CertitudeChapter 5: "Hinge Propositions," Actional Certainty, and Religious BeliefChapter 6: "The Whole Hurly-Burly": Wittgenstein, Language, and Embodied CognitionChapter 7: The Peculiar Inexorability of Mathematics: Wittgenstein and Mathematical CertaintyChapter 8: Exceeding A Different Scope: Wittgenstein's Political ViewsChapter 9: "A Sketch of the Landscape"

Editorial Reviews

This brief book on Wittgenstein's On Certainty lives up to its subtitle. The "fields of thought" it covers are indeed wide; they include epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, religion, cognitive science, mathematics, psychotherapy and even Wittgenstein's political views. Brice successfully shows the broad reach of Wittgenstein's ideas.. His book is clearly written and accessible to a wide range of scholars, not just Wittgenstein's scholars, and it might even interest some scholars outside of philosophy, such as those in any of the "fields of thought."