Written over the last 18 months of his life and inspired by his interest in G. E. Moore's defence of common sense, this much discussed volume collects Wittgenstein's reflections on knowledge and certainty, on what it is to know a proposition for sure.
You have an invisible friend who is the most important being in the world and responsible for everything that happens.
The great strength of science is that all its findings are provisional and subject to revision at any moment if new evidence comes in. This is why you should trust it.
Even 0.1% growth over a few tens of millenia would result in an economy bigger than the known universe. But, although it is impossible ...more
On Certainty was a rather enjoyable read despite the fact that it contained 676 numbered paragraphs of somewhat repetitive analysis. But if one is as fascinated by philosophy as I am, then it’s no bother. Some would say Witt ...more
Wittgenstein begins both this work and the Tractatus with an inquiry into that of which he can be certain. In the ...more
How certain am I, that I have never been to Jupiter?
"It is as certain as any grounds I could give for it."
wonderful wittgenstein. 90 excruciating pages (676 numbered sections) on whether G. E. Moore was justified in holding up his hand and saying, "I know that here is my hand." the second half is quite creepy to read, as he was dying of cancer while writing it. the dates are on the entries, with the final page written two days before he died.
127 - how do i know that someone else uses the words "I do ...more
Some readers take Wittgenstein's stance in these notes to be sceptical. I personally don't sympathize with this view. If anything, Wittgenstein is starkly anti-s ...more
On Certainty comes as close as Wittgenstein ever does to being a systematic philosopher rather than just playing at being a skeptic, phenomenologist, speculator or analyst of languag ...more
I was happy to notice that this book was not so hard to read and gave the reader opportunity to form own opinions. At one point I even noticed that there was a flaw in Wittgenstein's thinking.
If you do not have any or very limited previous knowledge about philosophy and wish to read ...more
This book sometimes feel like its a head on collision between philosophy and the everyday. What we can say and its implications within varied contexts, contexts that can never be nailed down. It's almost like what it would be like if an AI computer had a mental breakdown. Good stuff.
This is a slim little book that Wittgenstein wrote toward the end of his life, in his characteristic numbered succinct paragraphs. It's good. Clear, somewhat repetitive (though that's only a plus because you never know when you're missing something in his hyper-compact writing), it tackles the perennial questions of uber-skepticism: can you doubt everything, even the existence of the world and my body?
Does the world exist?
The book was actually written in response to G.E. Moore's landmark ...more
The text was written mostly, but not exclusively in German. I benefited from having the German and English side-b ...more
در قم بيشتر در باب يقين ويتگنشتاين غور كردم.
ويتگنشتاين آن چيزي نبود كه تصور ميكردم. بعدها سه كتاب از او را خواندم.
در باب يقين او حاصل دو سه سال آخر عمر اوست كه بعدها عليالظاهر جمع و نشر شده.
دو وجهه متفاوت از او برداشت كردم.
يك. ويتگنشتاين در خدمت تجدد
دو. ويتگنشتاين در خيانت به تجدد.
دوستانم معتقد به گزينهي دوم هستند. اما من ويتگنشتاين را ادامه مدرنيته و در خدمت جهان متجدد فهميدهام. البته فعلاً. ...more
That said, the numbered statements are really interesting and sometimes quite odd while quite logical. Also, as a beginning German student, it's wonderful to have short statements like this in a bilingual edition. Many words are used over and over again, and it p ...more
Anyway, Wittgenstein's numbered series of questions and remarks strikes me as a more appropriate way to render philosophical ideas -- more appropriate than the grammatically confusing literature of all those Modern Western giants. W's writing seems less im ...more
"Here is one hand, and here is another."
That quote by the way explains the cover with hands on it.
Here are tw ...more
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