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By Anna Boncompagni

This ebook investigates the conflicts pertaining to pragmatism in

Wittgenstein’s paintings On walk in the park, via a comparability with the

pragmatist culture as expressed by way of its founding fathers Charles S. Peirce

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

pragmatism within the Nineteen Thirties and exhibits the relevance of Frank Ramsey in the

development of his inspiration. supplying a balanced, severe and theoretical

examination the writer discusses concerns equivalent to doubt, sure bet, common

sense, types of lifestyles, motion and the pragmatic maxim. whereas highlighting

the goal convergences and divergences among the 2 approaches,

the quantity makes hyperlinks to ongoing debates on relativism, foundationalism,

scepticism and objectivity. will probably be of curiosity to an individual looking for new

perspectives on Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

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Nevertheless, to be sure, there were reasons for harsh criticism: some formulations by James, especially in P, were an easy target for denigration. He talked there of ideas that ‘become true just in so far as they help us to get into satisfactory relation with other parts of our experience’, and said that ‘any idea upon which we can ride, so to speak . . is true instrumentally’ (P, p. 34), thus emphasising Chapter 1: Pragmatism in Wittgenstein Before On Certainty 35 that truth in his view was something changeable and not fixed once and for all.

But now—he then observes—it seems that the representation loses all its value if the hypothetical element is dropped, because then the proposition does not point to the future any more, but it is, as it were, self-satisfied and hence without any value’ (MS 107, p. 249). Here Wittgenstein is explaining the reason why his previous conception should be ‘rotated by a small angle’. Only if the proposition is intended as a nonhypothetical representation, does it make sense to speak of sense data or atomic facts; yet, why should we look for a non-hypothetical representation?

Wittgenstein Reader of Peirce? It was thanks to The Meaning of Meaning, it seems, that Ramsey knew about Peirce’s work (Marion 2012). Ogden was a friend both of Wittgenstein and (mostly) of Ramsey, with whom he translated the Tractatus into English. The bilingual edition appeared in 1922 through the publisher Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co in the series edited by Ogden himself, ‘International Library of Psychology, Philosophy and Scientific Method’. A year before, in that same series, Russell’s Analysis of Mind was published; a year later, Ogden and Richards’ The Meaning of Meaning and Peirce’s collection CLL.

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