Hinge Epistemology

In Hinge Epistemology, eminent epistemologists investigate Wittgenstein's concept of basic certainty or 'hinge certainty'. The volume begins by examining the salient features of 'hinges': Are they propositions that enjoy a special kind of non-evidential justification? Are they objects of knowledge or ways of acting mistaken for known propositions? Various attempts are then made to integrate hinges in the development of a viable epistemology: Can they shed light on the conditions of satisfaction for knowledge and justification? Do they offer a solution to scepticism? Finally, the application of hinges is explored in such areas as common knowledge and intellectual loyalty. The volume attests to the importance of hinge certainty and Wittgenstein's On Certainty for mainstream epistemology.
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Biographical Note

Annalisa Coliva, PhD (2001) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. Her publications include Moore and Wittgenstein. Scepticism, Certainty and Common Sense (Palgrave 2010), Extended Rationality. A Hinge Epistemology (Palgrave 2015), and The Varieties of Self-Knowledge (Palgrave 2016).

Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, Ph.D (2003) is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire. Her publications include Understanding Wittgenstein's On Certainty (Palgrave 2004), The Third Wittgenstein (Ashgate 2004), Readings of Wittgenstein's On Certainty (Palgrave 2005), and Perspicuous Presentations (Palgrave 2007).


Table of contents

Introduction: Hinge Epistemology, Annalisa Coliva and Danièle Moyal-Sharrock
Which Hinge Epistemology?, Annalisa Coliva
The Animal in Epistemology, Danièle Moyal-Sharrock
Wittgenstein on Mathematics and Certainties, Martin Kusch
Miracles, Hinges, and Grammar in Wittgenstein’s On Certainty, Luigi Perissinotto
‘Hinge Propositions’ and the ‘Logical’ Exclusion of Doubt, Genia Schönbaumsfeld
In Defense of a Critical Commonsensist Conception of Knowledge, Claudine Tiercelin
The Sources of Scepticism, Duncan Pritchard
Epistemic Norms and the Limits of Epistemology, Pascal Engel
After the Spade Turns: Disagreement, First Principles and Epistemic Contractarianism, Michael P. Lynch
Wittgenstein and Dretske on Knowledge and Certainty, Yves Bouchard
Philosophy Rehinged?, Hans-Johann Glock
Common Knowledge, John Greco
Intellectual Loyalty, Allan Hazlett

Readership

All interested in epistemology and the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.