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Philosophical Interpretations$
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Robert J. Fogelin

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195071627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019507162X.001.0001

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Wittgenstein and Classical Scepticism

Wittgenstein and Classical Scepticism

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Philosophical Interpretations

Robert J. Fogelin (Contributor Webpage)

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Throughout his long, complex, and changing career – from the Tractatus to On Certainty – Wittgenstein leveled essentially the same charge against skepticism: The skeptic's questions may be dismissed because they lack meaning. This critique of skepticism, however, has to be understood in the context of Wittgenstein's general critique of philosophizing. Read this way, Wittgenstein is best understood as someone who rediscovered ancient skepticism, in particular Pyrrhonian skepticism, and gave it its most powerful statement.

Keywords:   On Certainty, Pyrrhonian Skepticism, skepticism, Tractatus, Wittgenstein

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