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Who's Calling Wittgenstein a Pragmatist?
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PRAGMATISM AND AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY, 2012, VOL. , ISSUE 2 SYMPOSIA: “WITTGENSTEIN AND PRAGMATISM: A REASSESSMENT” (2012)
  • Judy Hensley, University of Chicago
Abstract
In this paper, I focus on the debate that surrounds “pragmatic” interpretations of Ludwig Wittgenstein. By this, I mean the debate between those who read Wittgenstein as a pragmatist or as having pragmatic affinities and those who object to this reading. In particular, drawing on Hilary Putnam’s lecture “Was Wittgenstein a Pragmatist?” and Stanley Cavell’s response “What’s the Use of Calling Emerson a Pragmatist?,” I will spell out the similarities seen between Wittgenstein and pragmatism as well as the divergences emphasized between the two. I will argue that the teasing out of the similarities and the teasing out of the differences is important to a) a clearer understanding of both Wittgenstein and pragmatism; b) showing elements that make twentieth century philosophy unique; and c) shedding light on where philosophy is now, what issues and questions are being raised, and what possible solutions and answers are being offered.
Keywords
  • Pragmatism,
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein,
  • Hilary Putnam,
  • Stanley Cavell,
  • Dewey,
  • role of philosophy
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Judy Hensley. "Who's Calling Wittgenstein a Pragmatist?" EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PRAGMATISM AND AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY, 2012, VOL. , ISSUE 2 SYMPOSIA: “WITTGENSTEIN AND PRAGMATISM: A REASSESSMENT” Vol. IV Iss. 2 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/judy_hensley/2/