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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; New Ed edition (15 Sep 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631169407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631169406
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"The seventh volume of the Wittgenstein corpus, which contains notes written at the end of his life.... Provides a straightforward guide to the thought of this most complex of philosophers." -- "Bookseller""The volume is full of thought-provoking insights which will prove a stimulus both to further study and to scholarly disagreement." -- Alan R. White, "Philosophical Books""All students of philosophy will want to read it. What it contains is his notes on knowledge and doubt, written in the last year and a half of his life, mainly in answer to G. E. Moore's articles on these subjects." -- "British Book News"

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Written over the last 18 months of his life and inspired by his interest in G. E. Moore’s defence of common sense, this much discussed volume collects Wittgenstein’s reflections on knowledge and certainty, on what it is to know a proposition for sure.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By thunk on 5 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
This is not a page turner, in fact you have to read each gnomic paragraph several times to determine what precisely it means and why exactly it has been included at this poiunt. Well, what do expect from ground breaking philosophy from a testily eccentric genius?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 1999
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A late great work by one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers. Sketches a holistic and "humanistic" picture of knowledge, belief, and social practice.
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By P. Buss on 22 Nov 2013
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this book is simply breathtaking - its content is penetrating and leaves you wondering about the incredible genius that created this masterpiece.

this particular offering from wittgenstien perfectly compliments his other works and offers insight into our perception of the world and casts doubt on the information offered to us at every level. each time I read it I realise that whilst I probably will never understand this book it nevertheless never fails to add something - at an inner level.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Featherless Biped on 16 Sep 2012
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On Certainty was not published until 1969, 18 years after Wittgenstein's death and has only recently begun to draw serious attention. I cannot recall a single reference to it in all of Searle and one see's whole books on W with barely a mention. There are however xlnt books on it by Stroll, Svensson, McGinn and others and parts of many other books and articles, but hands down the best is that of Daniele Moyal-Sharrock (DMS) whose 2004 volume "Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty" is mandatory for every educated person, and perhaps the best starting point for understanding Wittgenstein (W), psychology, philosophy and life. However (in my view) like all analysis of W, they fall far short of grasping his unique and revolutionary advance in describing behavior, suffering from the near universal tunnel vision and failing to put behavior in its broad evolutionary and contemporary scientific context, which I will attempt here.

Wittgenstein (W) is for me easily the most brilliant thinker on human behavior of all time and this is his last work and crowning achievement. It belongs to his third and final period, yet it is not only his most basic work (since it shows that all behavior is an extension of innate true-only axioms and that our conscious ratiocination is but icing on unconscious machinations), but the foundation for all description of animal behavior, revealing how the mind works and indeed must work.
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9 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec 1997
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On Certainty was LWs last effort to tacle the problem of philosophy. Especially the issue of being certain of things. It consists of a number of reflections on how you reason when you are certain. LW concludes that every uncertainty have its ground in some sort of basic knowledge. You know something to uncertain of something in that area. It is a book that is very easy to read, as opposed to the ones he has written.
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