Wittgenstein on Psychological Certainty

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As is well-known, Wittgenstein pointed out an asymmetry between first- and third-person psychological statements: the latter, unlike the former, involve observation or a claim to knowledge, and are therefore constitutionally open to uncertainty. In this paper, I challenge this asymmetry by challenging the constitutional uncertainty of third-person psychological sentences, and argue that Wittgenstein ultimately also did. There are cases where third-person psychological ascriptions are not susceptible of error.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspicuous Presentations
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology
EditorsDaniele Moyal-Sharrock
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Print)0230527485, 978-0230527485
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • wittgenstein, philosophy of psychology


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