Wittgenstein and Criterion

This page is about works that discuss the notion of cirterion and its use in Wittgenstein studies.

Addis, Mark, Wittgenstein: Making Sense of Other Minds, Ashgate, 1999.

Book information:
Hardback, 174 pages
ISBN: 0-7546-1043-8

Brief Discussion
The book explores the issues raised by the immensely influential Wittgenstein and his inspired responses to the problems about other minds. These approaches are an attempt to apply Wittgenstein's concept of criteria in explaining how we can know other minds and their properties. Wittgenstein: Making Sense of Other Minds shows that the use of criteria for this purpose is misguided. Wittgenstein did not intend to advance the solution to difficulties about other minds which is usually attributed to him. His treatment of these problems
proceeded, not via the notion of criteria, but by means of an attack on the idea of a private language.

Addis, Mark, 'Criteria: the State of the Debate', Journal of Philosophical Research, XX, 1995, pp.139-174

The article presents a review of the current literature on Wittgenstein's notion of a criterion. It essentially deals with
developments since Lycan's [1971] survey article of the topic and examines the most important pieces contemporary with or prior to this. Different views on various aspects of criteria are considered and summarised. Particular attention is paid to the role criteria play in the philosophy of mind. A framework in which criteria are regarded as states of affairs is used to provide uniformity in the presentation of the accounts. The connections between and implications of various positions on aspects of criteria are assessed.

Harrison, Bernard, "Criteria and Truth", MIDWEST STUDIES IN PHILOSOPHY VOLUME XXIII: NEW DIRECTIONS IN PHILOSOPHY, ed. Peter A. French and Howard K. Wettstein, Oxford: Blackwell (1999), 207-235.

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