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The Quest for RealityBohr and Wittgenstein - two complementary views$
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Stig Stenholm

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603589

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603589.001.0001

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Wittgenstein enters the scene

Wittgenstein enters the scene

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(p.130) 5 Wittgenstein enters the scene
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The Quest for Reality
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Stig Stenholm

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603589.003.0005

Here this chapter summarizes the life and achievements of Wittgenstein. The chapter traces the philosophical background of his activity, stressing especially the role of Boltzmann. Wittgenstein never became Boltzmann's student but was, obviously, strongly influenced by him. The chapter also contends that the opinions of Boltzmann's were very similar to those of pragmatism, even if it is highly unlikely that Boltzmann knew any works by William James. Here the chapter also summarize the conventional description of Wittgenstein's thoughts, the early and the later ones. There are, in fact, lots of similarities between them: his problems remained largely the same, but the early certainty was replaced by an extensive scepticism and feeling of helplessness in view of the immense problems offered by life and logic. The section is concluded by the discussion on Certainty originating from lectures delivered by the philosopher George Edward Moore.

Keywords:   certainty, Moore, Boltzmann, pragmatism, James

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