Universität Wien FIND

180208 SE Wittgenstein: On Certainty (2009W)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

Achtung!!! 19.12.2009 HS 2i, 14-16 Uhr

Details

max. 45 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 08.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 15.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 22.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 29.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 05.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 12.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 19.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 26.11. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 03.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 10.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 17.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 07.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 14.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 21.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 28.01. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Critical engagement with Wittgenstein's views on knowledge, certainty, belief, relativism and scepticism, especially on the basis of On Certainty.

Programme:

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Moore on Common Sense and the Refutation of Skepticism: Discussion of G. E. Moore, "A Defense of Common Sense" & "Proof of an External World" (in G. E. Moore, Selected Writings, London: Routledge, 1993, pp. 106-133, 147-170)

Week 3: Moore and Wittgenstein: Discussion of Wittgenstein's On Certainty as a Response to Moore

Week 4: On Certainty and Foundationalism: Discussion of A. Stroll, "Why On Certainty Matters", and M. Williams, "Why Wittgenstein Isn't a Foundationalist" (in D. Moyal-Sharrock and W. H. Brenner, eds., Readings of Wittgenstein's On Certainty, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan, 2007, pp. 33-46, 47-58)

Week 5: Common-Sense Certainties and Propositions: Discussion of D. Moyal-Sharrock, Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan, 2007, pp. 181-201; and D. Pritchard, "Wittgenstein on Scepticism" (unpublished)

Week 6: On Certainty and Relativism I: Discussion of M. Williams, "Why (Wittgensteinian) Contextualism is not Relativism", Episteme 4 (2007); 93-114, and H. Putnam, Renewing Philosophy, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1992, pp. 134-179

Week 7: On Certainty and Relativism II: Discussion of B. Williams, Moral Luck, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981, pp. 132-143; and G. Rosen, "Nominalism, Naturalism, Epistemic Relativism", Philosophical Perspectives 15 (2001): 69-89

Week 8: On Certainty and Relativism III: Discussion of L. Wittgenstein, "Conversation on Religious Belief", in L. Wittgenstein, Lectures & Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief, ed. by C. Barrett, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1966, pp. 53-72

Week 9: On Certainty and Relativism IV: Discussion of M. Kusch, "Relativism in On Certainty and Other Writings of the 1930s and 40s" (unpublished), pp. 1-78

Week 10: On Certainty and Relativism V: Discussion of M. Kusch, "Relativism in On Certainty and Other Writings of the 1930s and 40s" (unpublished), pp. 78-131

Week 11: Anti-skepticism in On Certainty I: Discussion of C. Wright, "Wittgensteinian Certainties", and M. Williams, "Wittgenstein's Refutation of Idealism", in D. McManus (ed.), Wittgenstein and Scepticism, London: Routledge, 2004, pp. 22-55 & 76-96

Week 12: Anti-skepticism in On Certainty II: Discussion of J. Conant, "Wittgenstein on Meaning and Use", Philosophical Investigations 21 (1998): 222-250

Week 13: Anti-skepticism in On Certainty III: Discussion of M. Kusch, "Rulers, Clocks, and Common Sense: Metrology as a Key to Wittgenstein's On Certainty" (unpublished)

Week 14: Final Discussion

Assessment and permitted materials

Relevant for the assessment: regular attendance, active participation in discussions, presentation, a 15-20 page essay on a topic related to the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A good understanding of On Certainty and other related writings by Wittgenstein; familiarity with the secondary literature.

Examination topics

Seminar with obligatory attendance, detailed engagement with texts, student presentations, discussions. Knowledge of the basic concepts of epistemology is a precondition of attendance.

Reading list

Primary literature:

L. Wittgenstein, Über Gewißheit / On Certainty, ed. by G. E. M. Anscombe and G. H. von Wright, tr. by D. Paul and G. E. M. Anscombe, Oxford: Blackwell 1969 (or later editions)

L. Wittgenstein, Philosopical Investigations: The German Text with a Revised English Translation, tr. by G. E. M. Anscombe, Oxford: Blackwell 2001 (or later editions)

L. Wittgenstein, Lectures & Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief, ed. by C. Barrett, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1966

G. E. Moore, Selected Writings, London: Routledge, 1993

Secondary literature:

Conant, J., "Wittgenstein on Meaning and Use", Philosophical Investigations 21 (1998): 222-250

Kusch, M., "Relativism in On Certainty and Other Writings of the 1930s and 40s" (unpublished)

Kusch, M., "Rulers, Clocks, and Common Sense: Metrology as a Key to Wittgenstein's On Certainty" (unpublished)

McManus, D. (ed.), Wittgenstein and Scepticism, London: Routledge, 2004

Moyal-Sharrock D. and W. H. Brenner, eds., Readings of Wittgenstein's On Certainty, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan, 2007

Moyal-Sharrock, D., Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan, 2007

Pritchard, D., "Wittgenstein on Scepticism" (unpublished)

Putnam, H., Renewing Philosophy, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1992

Rosen, G., "Nominalism, Naturalism, Epistemic Relativism", Philosophical Perspectives 15 (2001): 69-89

Williams, B., Moral Luck, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981

Williams, M., "Why (Wittgensteinian) Contextualism is not Relativism", Episteme 4 (2007); 93-114

Association in the course directory

MA M 1, § 4.1.4 und § 2.5, PP 57.6

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