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Wittgenstein and Naturalism

by Kevin M. (University of Bergen, Norway) Cahill

Wittgenstein and Naturalism Synopsis

Wittgenstein was centrally concerned with the puzzling nature of the mind, mathematics, morality and modality. He also developed innovative views about the status and methodology of philosophy and was explicitly opposed to crudely scientistic worldviews. His later thought has thus often been understood as elaborating a nuanced form of naturalism appealing to such notions as form of life , primitive reactions , natural history , general facts of nature and common behaviour of mankind . And yet, Wittgenstein is strangely absent from much of the contemporary literature on naturalism and naturalising projects. This is the first collection of essays to focus explicitly on the relationship between Wittgenstein and naturalism. The volume is divided into four sections, each of which addresses a different aspect of naturalism and its relation to Wittgenstein's thought. The first section considers how naturalism could or should be understood. The second section deals with some of the main problematic domains-consciousness, meaning, mathematics-that philosophers have typically sought to naturalise. The third section explores ways in which the conceptual nature of human life might be continuous in important respects with animals. The final section is concerned with the naturalistic status and methodology of philosophy itself. This book thus casts a fresh light on many classical philosophical issues and brings Wittgensteinian ideas to bear on a number of current debates-for example experimental philosophy, neo-pragmatism and animal cognition/ethics-in which naturalism is playing a central role.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780367593452
Publication date: 14th August 2020
Author: Kevin M. (University of Bergen, Norway) Cahill
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 338 pages
Categories: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -, Philosophy of science, Philosophy of mathematics, Philosophy of mind, Ethics & moral philosophy,

About Kevin M. (University of Bergen, Norway) Cahill

Kevin M. Cahill is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bergen. He works mainly on Wittgenstein's Philosophy and the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. His publications include The Fate of Wonder: Wittgenstein's Critique of Metaphysics and Modernity (2011). Thomas Raleigh is Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Ruhr-University, Bochum. His research is primarily in Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology with particular interest in the work of Wittgenstein. As well as the present volume, he is also the co-editor, together with Jonathan Knowles, of Acquaintance: New Essays (forthcoming).

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