Wittgenstein's Razor: The Cutting Edge of Enactivism

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Action, in Wittgenstein, is everywhere – not only at the origin of thought and language for the human species and for all individual human beings, but at the origin of any human thought or utterance. That is, it has regained its rightful place in the description of our human mindedness; a place usurped by an inflated intellect and brain, in the form of content, propositions, representations, engrams or intelligent neurons. This paper fleshes out how action – and not any of these – is, for Wittgenstein, at the logical foundation of thought, making him an enactivist through and through. Indeed, perhaps the first enactivist.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-279
JournalAmerican Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • Wittgenstein, epistemology, memory, On Certainty, enactivism


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