Exploring Certainty

Exploring Certainty : Wittgenstein and Wide Fields of Thought

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Exploring Certainty: Wittgenstein and Wide Fields of Thought considers how, where, and to what extent the thoughts and ideas found in Wittgenstein's On Certainty can be applied to other areas of thought, including: ethics, aesthetics, religious belief, mathematics, cognitive science, and political theory. Robert Greenleaf Brice opens new avenues of thought for scholars and students of the Wittgensteinian tradition, while introducing original philosophies about human knowledge and cognition.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 132 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 8 black & white illustrations
  • 0739175661
  • 9780739175668

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This brief book of 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... [This] interpretation is worth understanding, and Brice's book offers a concise introduction to it, as well as some interesting developments of it. Philosophical Investigations Exploring Certainty: Wittgenstein and Wide Fields of Thought is a creative and original work on one of the great thinkers of the twentieth century. This will give it a broad audience, including Wittgenstein scholars, anyone in analytic philosophy, and the non-analytic philosopher. It is easily accessible to the newcomer to Wittgenstein. Thus it will have a wide appeal. -- Patrick Bourgeois, Loyola University "Drawing on recent scholarship that makes the case for the neglected importance of Wittgenstein's On Certainty, this book applies Wittgenstein's strikingly insightful ideas to foundational questions in ethics, aesthetics, religion, and philosophy of mind and mathematics. Exploring Certainty: Wittgenstein and Wide Fields of Thought is a stimulating and provocative contribution to Wittgensteinian exegesis." -- Nigel Pleasants, University of Exetershow more

About Robert Greenleaf Brice

Robert Greenleaf Brice is assistant professor of philosophy at Loyola University, New Orleans, and is the author of several articles on Wittgenstein.show more

Table of contents

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