Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Quest for RealityBohr and Wittgenstein - two complementary views$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 January 2019

Wittgenstein enters the scene

Wittgenstein enters the scene

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

Stig Stenholm

Oxford University Press

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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .