SOPhiA 2018

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Reasonable Doubt as the Possibility of Accepting Certainty as the Basis
(Epistemology, English)

I argue that the problem of certainty and reasonable doubt are the main themes in Wittgenstein's philosophy. These are the main problems and all the philosophical views developed by Wittgenstein are united in them. Also I argue that the problem of certainty is not based on belief but it is being based on reason, or reasonable doubt.
I think that Wittgenstein's semantic viewpoint is based upon our activity. I think from this type of semantics reaching the epistemological problems should be special.
Doubting is affordable only in particular language game, at the same time language game is not dependent upon us, it exists ''there'', independently from us.
It is very important to understand what is the connection between language game and certainty. Language game has some certain statements as the bases toward which asking questions is not reasonable. It follows that language game and reasonable doubt are in some connection with each other, in particular cases they serve as basis for another.
According to Wittgenstein, in the basis of all knowledge lies the system of some beliefs; Doubt presupposes certainty.
I think problem of certainty necessarily should be discussed in pairs with the theory of language game. Also I think that statements are considered as certain in particular language game and this should not be what Wittgenstein claims belief but there should be put more rationality in this moment. I think we consider some statements as certain not because our believing in them but this is belief based on more justified and various causalities which can easily not be named as belief.
I think Wittgenstein unites his theory of meaning and epistemology by the problem of doubting. Here are united also theory of language game and problem of certainty. The basis of language game is presented by the certain statements which are the basis of our knowledge. Reasonable doubt is the possibility of accepting certainty as the basis; I think this is the most important moment to understand Wittgenstein's philosophy and generally to comprehend the connection between epistemology and theory of meaning.

Chair: Wout Bisschop
Time: 16:00-16:30, 12 September 2018 (Wednesday)
Location: SR 1.004
Remark: CHANGE. The talk is cancelled!

Eka Gamrekelashvili 
(TSU, Georgia)

I have finished Medical University (Specialty of General Medicine) and received BA in philosophy parallel. I have MA degree in Late antique and medieval philosophy. I am making my PhD about Wittgenstein's epistemology and theory of meaning.

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