Can Wittgenstein be called a pragmatist?

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When Wittgenstein is called a pragmatist, it is usually with qualification. In this paper, I examine some of the criteria used to rally Wittgenstein to pragmatism (primacy of action, anti-foundationalism, fallibilism), and conclude that inasmuch as Wittgenstein is neither an anti-foundationalist nor a fallibilist, there may not be sufficient grounds to call him a pragmatist. But nothing stands in the way of considering him a full-fledged enactivist.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-85
Number of pages19
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2017


  • Wittgenstein
  • Pragmatism
  • Enactivism
  • Fallibilism
  • Foundationalism
  • Basic Beliefs
  • action


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