Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty

Paperback | November 1, 2007

byDaniele Moyal-Sharrock

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This radical reading of Wittgenstein's third and last masterpiece, On Certainty, has major implications for philosophy. It elucidates Wittgenstein's ultimate thoughts on the nature of our basic beliefs and his demystification of skepticism. Our basic certainties are shown to be nonepistemic, nonpropositional attitudes that, as such, have no verbal occurrence but manifest themselves exclusively in our actions. This fundamental certainty is a belief-in, a primitive confidence or ur-trust whose practical nature bridges the hitherto unresolved catagorial gap between belief and action.

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This radical reading of Wittgenstein's third and last masterpiece, On Certainty, has major implications for philosophy. It elucidates Wittgenstein's ultimate thoughts on the nature of our basic beliefs and his demystification of skepticism. Our basic certainties are shown to be nonepistemic, nonpropositional attitudes that, as such, ha...

Daniele Moyal-Sharrock is in the Department of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.24 × 6.02 × 0.54 inPublished:November 1, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230535534

ISBN - 13:9780230535534

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Table of Contents

List of Charts * Acknowledgements * List of Abbreviations * 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