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61 6th July 1993 ON CERTAINTY Is anything of significance lost in giving up the idea of absolute truth Throughout On Certainty Wittgensteins aim is to remove the false pictures created by traditional philosophers by uncovering the true way that our language functions in our lives and showing the irreconcilable difference between this and the way that philosophers use language in different situations While Wittgenstein criticises the theories of traditional philosophers he himself does not come up with an alternative theory as it is the theorising of philosophers that he sees as creating much of the false picture At the base of all of Wittgensteins writing in On Certainty is the notion of language games According to Wittgenstein all that we say only gets any meaning when seen in context That is looking just at what we actually say will tell you nothing but you must look at the way that what you say fits in with the language game employed Wittgenstein uses the term language game to describe the way that we use our language in a particular circumstance for a certain purpose For instance the language game employed in describing the world is likely to be different to that used in greeting a friend Wittgensteins rejection of absolute truth can be seen as stemming both from the way that our language games originate and the clear differences that can be seen within them Our language game originates from and is shaped by the way that we live our lives It has developed to be the most effective way of describing what we think and how we behave A meaning of a word is
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