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[This chapter offers a brief description of On Certainty’s development, the secondary literature surrounding it, and its placement in the canon. It also includes a short section on the philosopher’s succumbing to a certain kind of “philosophical disease.”]
[This chapter provides a brief introduction to the notion of philosophical therapy, its connection to the eighteenth century Scottish School of Common Sense, and further back still to its connection with ancient Greek philosophy.]
[This chapter focuses on three related issues: (a) the extreme form of skepticism developed by Rene Descartes, (b) G.E. Moore’s Common Sense response to it, and (c) Wittgenstein’s reply to both.]
[This chapter first offers an account of Wittgenstein’s general therapeutic approach as it applies to knowledge and the skeptical challenge before turning to its application in On Certainty.]
[This chapter provides an analysis of Wittgenstein’s rejection of the conventional understanding of the relationship between knowledge and certainty, and a reshaping of our traditional conception of belief.]
[This chapter provides an account of the relationship between the “language game” of knowledge, “hinge-propositions,” and “actional certainty.” This chapter also explores the relationship between two different ways we acquire certainty, characterized as “Bottom-Up” and “Top-Down.”]
[This chapter focuses on philosophical therapy as a method, providing an account of what, generally, Wittgenstein’s method can do for us, and what needs to be done in order for it to happen.]
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