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Wittgenstein, olismo ed esperimenti mentali:l'influenza di Einstein
Journal Title: PARADIGMI 
Author/s: Carlo Penco 
Year:  2008 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  16 Pg. 155-170 FullText PDF:  82 KB

Wittgenstein, Holism and Mental Experiments. Einstein’s Influence - In this paper I analyse the possible influence of Einstein on Wittgenstein. The starting point of the discussion is the problem of holism, and of two paradoxes which stem from it: the paradox of communication for semantic holism and the para dox of conceptual relativism for epistemological holism. After having introducing the two paradoxes, I make a comparison between Davidson’s and Wittgenstein’s answers. From this comparison and from the analysis of Wittgenstein’s answers we are brought to see different tensions in Wittgenstein’s treatment of language games. Language games are sometimes used in a constructive mood, some other times in a very provocative way, as something we cannot properly understand. Especially some of his famous thought experiments have been notoriously interpreted in opposite ways, as a sign of relativism or as a search for a transcendental point of view. My suggestion is that some remarks on Einstein may help to better understand this apparent tension in Wittgenstein. Abstracts 205

Carlo Penco, in "PARADIGMI" 2/2008, pp. 155-170, DOI:


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