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Can Wittgenstein be called a pragmatist?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-85
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2017


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.


Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, Can Wittgenstein be called a pragmatist? in "PARADIGMI" 3/2016, pp. 67-85, DOI:10.3280/PARA2016-003005. ©2016 FrancoAngeli srl

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