Moore and Wittgenstein on Certainty by Avrum Stroll

Moore and Wittgenstein on Certainty

byAvrum Stroll

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Ludwig Wittgenstein's On Certainty was finished just before his death in 1951 and is a running commentary on three of G.E. Moore's greatest epistemological papers. In the early 1930s, Moore had written a lengthy commentary on Wittgenstein, anticipating some of the issues Wittgenstein woulddiscuss in On Certainty. The philosophical relationship between these two great philosophers and their overlapping, but nevertheless differing, views is the subject of this book. Both defended the existence of certainty and thus opposed any form of skepticism. However, their defenses and conceptionsof certainty differed widely, as did their understanding of the nature of skepticism and how best to combat it. Stroll's book contains a careful and critical analysis of their differing approaches to a set of fundamental epistemological problems.

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Avrum Stroll is at University of California, San Diego.
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Title:Moore and Wittgenstein on CertaintyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.83 inPublished:July 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Ludwig Wittgenstein's On Certainty was finished just before his death in 1951 and is a running commentary on three of G.E. Moore's greatest epistemological papers. In the early 1930s, Moore had written a lengthy commentary on Wittgenstein, anticipating some of the issues Wittgenstein would discuss in On Certainty. In this book, Avrum Stroll examines the philosophical relationship between these two great philosophers and their overlapping but nevertheless differing views. Both defended the existence of certainty and thus opposed any form of skepticism. However, their defenses and conceptions of certainty diverged widely, as did their understanding of the nature of skepticism and how best to combat it. Moore and Wittgenstein on Certainty contains a careful and critical analysis of the two philosophers' differing approaches to a set of fundamental epistemological problems. Stroll extends their account to current issues in cognitive science and philosophy of mind.

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"It is pleasant to see a highly skilled contemporary put texts from the later philosophy under close scrutiny and mine them for insight, and that outside the bounds of familiar Wittgenstein scholarship....Stroll's arguments are always well motivated and clearly presented."--The PhilosophicalReview