Wittgenstein and Pragmatism

On Certainty in the Light of Peirce and James

  • Anna Boncompagni

Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy book series (History of Analytic Philosophy)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Anna Boncompagni
    Pages 1-11
  3. Before On Certainty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
  4. On Certainty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Anna Boncompagni
      Pages 99-137
    3. Anna Boncompagni
      Pages 139-178
  5. Broadening the Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Anna Boncompagni
      Pages 181-219
    3. Anna Boncompagni
      Pages 221-261
    4. Anna Boncompagni
      Pages 263-270
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-311

About this book


This book investigates the conflicts concerning pragmatism in Wittgenstein’s work On Certainty, through a comparison with the pragmatist tradition as expressed by its founding fathers Charles S. Peirce and William James. It also describes Wittgenstein’s first encounters with pragmatism in the 1930s and shows the relevance of Frank Ramsey in the development of his thought. Offering a balanced, critical and theoretical examination the author discusses issues such as doubt, certainty, common sense, forms of life, action and the pragmatic maxim. While highlighting the objective convergences and divergences between the two approaches, the volume makes links to ongoing debates on relativism, foundationalism, scepticism and objectivity. It will be of interest to anyone searching for new perspectives on Wittgenstein’s philosophy.


philosophy William James Charles S. Peirce certainty doubt common sense pragmatic maxim forms of life action Wittgenstein Ludwig Wittgenstein analytic philosophy pragmatism

Authors and affiliations

  • Anna Boncompagni
    • 1
  1. 1.University of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58846-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58847-0
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