Wittgenstein-Studien 12 (1):145-163 (2021)

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Pablo Hubacher Haerle
Cambridge University
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What happens when we are uncertain about what we want, feel or whish for? How should we understand uncertainty in introspection? This paper reconstructs and critically assess two answers to this question frequently found in the secondary literature on Wittgenstein: indecision and self-deception. Such approaches seek to explain uncertainty in introspection in a way which is completely distinct from uncertainty about the ‘outer world’. I argue that in doing so these readings fail to account for the substantial role the intellect seems to play in the process of resolving such uncertainties. I then attempt to show that Wittgenstein’s remarks connecting psychological vocabulary, behaviour and public criteria provide alternative ways for thinking about uncertainty in introspection which allow for a substantial role of the intellect.
Keywords Wittgenstein  Introspection  Self-Deception  Indecision
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DOI 10.1515/witt-2021-0009
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