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Pyrrhonian Skepticism$
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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195169720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195169727.001.0001

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Wittgenstein and Pyrrhonism

Wittgenstein and Pyrrhonism

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(p.99) 5 Wittgenstein and Pyrrhonism
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Pyrrhonian Skepticism
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Hans Sluga

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195169727.003.0006

This essay traces the roots of Wittgenstein’s Pyrrhonism to Mauthner, and argues that Wittgenstein’s later views moved even closer to those of Mauthner, although Wittgenstein never became as thoroughgoing a Pyrrhonian as Mauthner had been. It is argued that Mauthner’s neo-Pyrrhonian view of language was “responsible for the linguistic turn in Wittgenstein’s thinking and thereby indirectly also for the whole linguistic turn in 20th-century analytic philosophy”.

Keywords:   Fogelin, Wittgenstein, Mauthner, Pyrrhonism, language, linguistic turn

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