Wittgenstein and Pyrrhonism

Hans Sluga

in Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195169720
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786343 | DOI:
 Wittgenstein and Pyrrhonism

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This essay traces the roots of Wittgenstein’s Pyrrhonism to Mauthner, and argues that Wittgenstein’s later views moved even closer to those of Mauthner, although Wittgenstein never became as thoroughgoing a Pyrrhonian as Mauthner had been. It is argued that Mauthner’s neo-Pyrrhonian view of language was “responsible for the linguistic turn in Wittgenstein’s thinking and thereby indirectly also for the whole linguistic turn in 20th-century analytic philosophy”.

Keywords: Fogelin; Wittgenstein; Mauthner; Pyrrhonism; language; linguistic turn

Chapter.  8250 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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