The Claim of Reason: Wittgenstein, Skepticism, Morality, and Tragedy

By Stanley Cavell | Go to book overview

VIII

The Quest of Traditional Epistemology:
Closing

The position we have arrived at is this. Having taken the force of the traditional investigations of our claims to know that the world exists to depend upon their proceeding in terms of our ordinary investigations of claims to knowledge; or: having interpreted Descartes's claim for the "reasonableness" of his grounds for doubt to be explicated as a claim that those doubts "arise naturally", where that, in turn, means that any competent speaker of the language will know that they are relevant and know what their implications are; I arrived at a point at which I said that the basis offered by the philosopher as the basis of a claim to know that an object exists was not entered fully naturally, and that this suggested that the ground for doubt could in turn not be fully natural. But I also said or implied that it was not fully unnatural either, because, in the philosopher's context, though it may seem odd or forced, it does not seem absurd, ignorable; and because if the philosopher's request for a basis is accepted as a real question, then the bases he offers are the right, or anyway the only, bases which would seem natural; and the grounds for doubt are then forced by the nature of the investigation itself, viz., an investigation of something's being, or seeming, amiss concerning knowledge as a whole, represented in a generic object. And I said that no direct repudiation of these slightly unnatural questions by appealing to what should ordinarily be said could be fully convincing and that the reasons for this were (1) that it was not clear that the philosopher has "changed the meaning" of his words, because although the contrasts he is led to (viz., seeing it vs. seeing all of it; sensing it vs. knowing what it is in itself; behavior vs. the

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