Wittgenstein on Mathematics and Certainties

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This chapter aims to contribute to the debate over epistemic versus non-epistemic readings of the 'hinges' in Wittgenstein's On Certainty. I follow Marie McGinn's and Daniele Moyal-Sharrock's lead in developing an analogy between mathematical sentences and certainties, and using the former as a model for the latter. However, I disagree with McGinn's and Moyal-Sharrock's interpretations concerning Wittgenstein's views of both relata. I argue that mathematical sentences as well as certainties are true and are propositions; that some of them can be epistemically justified; that in some senses they are not prior to empirical knowledge; that they are not ineffable; and that their primary function is epistemic as much as it is semantic.

TitelHinge Epistemology
Redakteure*innenAnnalisa Coliva, Danièle Moyal-Sharrock
ErscheinungsortLeiden : Boston
Herausgeber (Verlag)Brill
ISBN (elektronisch)9789004332386
ISBN (Print)9789004332379
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Jan. 2016

ÖFOS 2012

  • 603113 Philosophie