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  1. Throwing Away the Ladder.Cora Diamond - 1988 - Philosophy 63 (243):5-27.
    Whether one is reading Wittgenstein's Tractatus or his later writings, one must be struck by his insistence that he is not putting forward philosophical doctrines or theses; or by his suggestion that it cannot be done, that it is only through some confusion one is in about what one is doing that one could take oneself to be putting forward philosophical doctrines or theses at all. I think that there is almost nothing in Wittgenstein which is of value and which (...)
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  2. The Realistic Spirit: Wittgenstein, Philosophy, and the Mind.Cora DIAMOND - 1991 - MIT Press.
    "This is the most important book on Wittgenstein in over a decade, but it is also much more than that.
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  3. The Realistic Spirit: Wittgenstein, Philosophy, and the Mind.Cora DIAMOND - 1991 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 100 (4):577-577.
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    Remarks on the Philosophy of Psychology.Cora Diamond, Ludwig Wittgenstein, G. E. M. Anscombe, G. H. von Wright, Heikki Nyman, C. G. Luckhardt & M. A. E. Aue - 1984 - Philosophical Review 93 (3):458.
  5. Eating Meat and Eating People.Cora Diamond - 1978 - Philosophy 53 (206):465 - 479.
    This paper is a response to a certain sort of argument defending the rights of animals. Part I is a brief explanation of the background and of the sort of argument I want to reject; Part II is an attempt to characterize those arguments: they contain fundamental confusions about moral relations between people and people and between people and animals. And Part III is an indication of what I think can still be said on—as it were–the animals' side.
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  6. Philosophy and Animal Life.Stanley Cavell, Cora Diamond, John McDowell, Ian Hacking & Cary Wolfe - 2008 - Columbia University Press.
    _Philosophy and Animal Life_ offers a new way of thinking about animal rights, our obligation to animals, and the nature of philosophy itself. Cora Diamond begins with "The Difficulty of Reality and the Difficulty of Philosophy," in which she accuses analytical philosophy of evading, or deflecting, the responsibility of human beings toward nonhuman animals. Diamond then explores the animal question as it is bound up with the more general problem of philosophical skepticism. Focusing specifically on J. M. Coetzee's _The Lives (...)
     
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  7. Ethics, Imagination and the Method of Wittgenstein's Tractatus.Cora Diamond - 2000 - In Alice Crary & Rupert J. Read (eds.), The New Wittgenstein. Routledge. pp. 149-173.
     
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  8. On Reading the Tractatus Resolutely: Reply to Meredith Williams and Peter Sullivan.James Conant & Cora Diamond - 2004 - In Max Kölbel & Bernhard Weiss (eds.), Wittgenstein's Lasting Significance. London; New York: Routledge. pp. 42-97.
    Wittgenstein gives voice to an aspiration that is central to his later philosophy, well before he becomes later Wittgenstein, when he writes in §4.112 of the Tractatus that philosophy is not a matter of putting forward a doctrine or a theory, but consists rather in the practice of an activity – an activity he goes on to characterize as one of elucidation or clarification – an activity which he says does not result in philosophische Sätze, in propositions of philosophy, but (...)
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  9. Eating Meat and Eating People.Cora Diamond & Kenan Professor - 2000 - In Cass R. Sunstein (ed.), Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions. Oup Usa.
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  10. ‘We Can't Whistle It Either’: Legend and Reality.Cora Diamond - 2011 - European Journal of Philosophy 19 (3):335-356.
    : There is a famous quip of F.P. Ramsey's, which is my second epigraph. According to a widespread legend, the quip is a criticism of Wittgenstein's treatment in the Tractatus of what cannot be said. The remark is indeed Ramsey's, but he didn't mean what he is taken to mean in the legend. His quip, looked at in context, means something quite different. The legend is sometimes taken to provide support for a reading of the Tractatus according to which the (...)
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    Commentary on José Zalabardo’s ‘The Tractatus on Unity’.Cora Diamond - 2018 - Australasian Philosophical Review 2 (3):272-284.
    ABSTRACTJosé Zalabardo’s view of the aims of the Tractatus limits the options available to us for reading and understanding the book. I argue that an alternative kind of reading is possible, if we...
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  12. Missing the Adventure: Reply to Martha Nussbaum.Cora Diamond - 1985 - Journal of Philosophy 82 (10):530-531.
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  13. Losing Your Concepts.Cora Diamond - 1988 - Ethics 98 (2):255-277.
  14. The Importance of Being Human.Cora Diamond - 1991 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 29:35-62.
    I want to argue for the importance of the notion human being in ethics. Part I of the paper presents two different sorts of argument against treating that notion as important in ethics. A. Here is an example of the first sort of argument. What makes us human beings is that we have certain properties, but these properties, making us members of a certain biological species, have no moral relevance. If, on the other hand, we define being human in terms (...)
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  15. How Old Are These Bones?Cora Diamond - forthcoming - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society.
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  16. Wittgenstein, Mathematics, and Ethics: Resisting the Attractions of Realism.Cora Diamond - 1996 - In Hans D. Sluga & David G. Stern (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein. Cambridge University Press. pp. 226--260.
     
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    Truth: Defenders, Debunkers, Despisers.Cora Diamond - 1994 - In L. Toker (ed.), Commitment in Reflection: Essays in Literature and Moral Philosophy. New York: Garland. pp. 195-222.
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  18. Does Bismarck Have a Beetle in His Box?Cora Diamond - 2000 - In Alice Crary & Rupert J. Read (eds.), The New Wittgenstein. Routledge.
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  19. What If X Isn't the Number of Sheep? Wittgenstein and Thought-Experiments in Ethics.Cora Diamond - 2002 - Philosophical Papers 31 (3):227-250.
    Wittgensteinian ethics, it may be thought, is committed to detailed examination of realistically described cases, and hence to eschewing the abstract hypothetical cases, many of them quite bizarre, found in much contemporary moral theorizing. I argue that bizarre cases may be helpful in thinking about ethics, and that there is nothing in Wittgenstein's approach to philosophy that would go against this. I examine the case of the ring of Gyges from the Republic; and I consider also some contemporary arguments about (...)
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  20. Murdoch the Explorer.Cora Diamond - 2010 - Philosophical Topics 38 (1):51-8.
    One of Iris Murdoch's most characteristic philosophical ideas is that any way of understanding what moral philosophy is and how it may be practised will be shaped by deep-going conceptual attitudes, of which moral philosophers themselves may be unaware. In her own philosophical writings, she tried to bring out the role played by these attitudes, and to unsettle accepted ideas about the subject. I examine some of the elements in her thought which open up different ways of understanding the subject, (...)
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  21. How Old Are These Bones?: Putnam, Wittgenstein and Verification.Cora Diamond & Steven Gerrard - 1999 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 73 (1):99-150.
    Hilary Putnam has argued against philosophical theories which tie the content of truth-claims closely to the available methods of investigation and verification. Such theories, he argues, threaten our idea of human communication, which we take to be possible between people of different cultures and across periods of time during which methods of investigation change dramatically. Putnam rejects any reading of Wittgenstein which takes him to make a close tie between meaning and method of verification. What strands in Wittgenstein's thought appear (...)
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  22. Criss-Cross Philosophy.Cora Diamond - 2004 - In Erich Ammereller & Eugen Fisher (eds.), Wittgenstein at Work: Method in the Philosophical Investigations. Routledge. pp. 201--220.
     
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    Disagreements: Anscombe, Geach, Wittgenstein.Cora Diamond - 2015 - Philosophical Investigations 38 (1-2):1-24.
    My essay explains and examines Anscombe's disagreement with Wittgenstein about what the Tractatus supposedly excludes. I also discuss her apparent disagreement with Geach about propositions that lack an intelligible negation. My discussion of these disagreements leads to the topic of Anscombe on the relation between the “business of thinking” and truth. I suggest that she takes the business of thinking to include thinking that helps to keep thinking on track. Since there is a tie between thinking truly and the business (...)
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  24. Anything but Argument?Cora Diamond - 1982 - Philosophical Investigations 5 (1):23-41.
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  25. What Time is It on the Sun?Cora Diamond - 2002 - In S. Phineas Upham & Joshua Harlan (eds.), Philosophers in Conversation: Interviews From the Harvard Review of Philosophy. Routledge.
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  26. Logical Syntax in Wittgenstein's Tractatus.Cora Diamond - 2005 - Philosophical Quarterly 55 (218):78 - 89.
    P.M.S. Hacker has argued that there are numerous misconceptions in James Conant's account of Wittgenstein's views and of those of Carnap. I discuss only Hacker's treatment of Conant on logical syntax in the _Tractatus. I try to show that passages in the _Tractatus which Hacker takes to count strongly against Conant's view do no such thing, and that he himself has not explained how he can account for a significant passage which certainly appears to support Conant's reading.
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    Slavery and Justice: Williams and Wiggins.Cora Diamond - 2017 - In Katharina Neges, Josef Mitterer, Sebastian Kletzl & Christian Kanzian (eds.), Realism - Relativism - Constructivism: Proceedings of the 38th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg. De Gruyter. pp. 313-326.
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  28. What Nonsense Might Be.Cora Diamond - 1981 - Philosophy 56 (215):5 - 22.
    There is a natural view of nonsense, which owes what attraction it has to the apparent absence of alternatives. In Frege and Wittgenstein there is a view which goes against the natural one, and the purpose of this paper is to establish that it is a possible view of nonsense.
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  29. Injustice and Animals.Cora Diamond - 2001 - In Carl Elliott (ed.), Slow Cures and Bad Philosophers: Essays on Wittgenstein, Medicine, and Bioethics. Duke University Press. pp. 118--148.
  30. Wittgenstein and What Can Only Be True.Cora Diamond - 2014 - Nordic Wittgenstein Review 3 (2):9-40.
    In her Introduction to Wittgenstein’s Tractatus , Elizabeth Anscombe took it to be a fault of the Tractatus that it excluded the statement “‘Someone’ is not the name of someone”, which she took to be obviously true. It is not a bipolar proposition, and its negation, she said, peters out into nothingness. I examine the question whether she is right that the Tractatus excludes such propositions, and I consider her example in relation to other propositions which, arguably at least, have (...)
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    Criticising From “Outside”.Cora Diamond - 2013 - Philosophical Investigations 36 (1):114-132.
    I look at a disagreement between Elizabeth Anscombe, on the one hand, and Peter Winch and Ilham Dilman, on the other, about whether it is legitimate to call something an error that counts as knowledge within some alien system of belief; and I look also at the question what Wittgenstein's view was. I try to show that our understanding of what is real cannot be adequately elucidated if we consider only its role within language-games, and I argue that an important (...)
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  32. Martha Nussbaum and the Need for Novels.Cora Diamond - 1993 - Philosophical Investigations 16 (2):128-153.
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  33. How Many Legs.Cora Diamond - 1990 - In Peter Winch & Raimond Gaita (eds.), Value and Understanding: Essays for Peter Winch. Routledge.
     
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    Bernard Williams on the Human Prejudice.Cora Diamond - 2018 - Philosophical Investigations 41 (4):379-398.
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  35. Rules: Looking in the Right Place.Cora Diamond - 1989 - In Dayton Z. Phillips & Peter G. Winch (eds.), Wittgenstein.
     
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    Wittgenstein on the Foundations of Mathematics.Cora Diamond - 1981 - Philosophical Quarterly 31 (125):352-366.
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  37. The Dog That Gave Himself the Moral Law.Cora Diamond - 1988 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 13 (1):161-179.
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    The Skies of Dante and Our Skies: A Response to Ilham Dilman.Cora Diamond - 2012 - Philosophical Investigations 35 (3-4):187-204.
    The philosophical image of a “universe of discourse” can be misleading in the suggestions it carries about how to read Wittgenstein and how to approach the topic of the relation between language and reality. That is what I try to show by examining Ilham Dilman's discussion of medieval cosmology. I sketch an alternative account of the relation between medieval beliefs about the heavens and our astronomical beliefs, and I consider in detail the disagreement between the two accounts.
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    Unfolding Truth and Reading Wittgenstein.Cora Diamond - 2003 - SATS 4 (1):24-58.
  40. Realism and Resolution.Cora Diamond - 1997 - Journal of Philosophical Research 22:75-86.
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    How Old Are These Bones? Putnam, Wittgenstein and Verification: Cora Diamond.Cora Diamond - 1999 - Supplement to the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 73 (1):99-134.
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    I–Cora Diamond.Cora Diamond - 1999 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 73 (1):99-134.
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    The Hardness of the Soft: Wittgenstein’s Early Thought About Skepticism.Cora Diamond - 2014 - In Andrea Kern & James Conant (eds.), Varieties of Skepticism: Essays After Kant, Wittgenstein, and Cavell. De Gruyter. pp. 145-182.
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    How Old Are These Bones? Putnam, Wittgenstein and Verification.Cora Diamond - 1999 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes( 73:99-150.
    Hilary Putnam has argued against philosophical theories which tie the content of truth-claims closely to the available methods of investigation and verification. Such theories, he argues, threaten our idea of human communication, which we take to be possible between people of different cultures and across periods of time during which methods of investigation change dramatically. Putnam rejects any reading of Wittgenstein which takes him to make a close tie between meaning and method of verification. What strands in Wittgenstein's thought appear (...)
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  45. What Can You Do with the General Propositional Form?Cora Diamond - 2012 - In Jose L. Zalabardo (ed.), Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Secondary Sense.Cora Diamond - 1966 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 67:189 - 208.
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    Realism and Resolution: Reply to Warren Goldfarb and Sabina Lovibond.Cora Diamond - 1997 - Journal of Philosophical Research 22:75-86.
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    Addressing Russell Resolutely?Cora Diamond - 2014 - Philosophical Topics 42 (2):13-43.
    This essay is concerned with the question whether there is anything left of the Tractatus criticisms of Frege and Russell, if the principles on which those criticisms are apparently based are “thrown away.” I consider two examples of Tractarian arguments that criticize Russell, both of which may appear to rest on the context principle. I discuss only briefly Wittgenstein’s argument against Russell on the theory of types, but I look in detail at his criticism of Russell on generality. I show (...)
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  49. Introduction to 'Having a Rough Story About What Moral Philosophy Is'.Cora Diamond - 2004 - In John Gibson Wolfgang Huemer (ed.), The Literary Wittgenstein. Routledge. pp. 127--132.
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  50. The Tractatus and the Limits of Sense.Cora Diamond - 2011 - In Marie McGinn & Oskari Kuusela (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. Oxford University Press.
     
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