Wittgenstein and Classical Scepticism

Robert J. Fogelin

in Philosophical Interpretations

Published in print April 1992 | ISBN: 9780195071627
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833221 | DOI:
Wittgenstein and Classical Scepticism

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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

Chapter.  6604 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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