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Genia Schönbaumsfeld
University of Southampton
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    The Illusion of Doubt.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2016 - Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press UK.
    The Illusion of Doubt confronts one of the most important questions in philosophy and beyond: what can we know? The radical sceptic's answer is 'not very much' if we cannot prove that we are not subject to deception. For centuries philosophers have been impressed by the radical sceptic's move, but this book shows that the radical sceptical problem turns out to be an illusion created by a mistaken picture of our evidential situation. This means that we don't need to answer (...)
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    A Confusion of the Spheres: Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein on Philosophy and Religion.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
    As well as contributing to contemporary debate about how to read Kierkegaard's and Wittgenstein's work, A Confusion of the Spheres addresses issues which not ...
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    ‘Hinge Propositions’ and the ‘Logical’ Exclusion of Doubt.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2016 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 6 (2-3):165-181.
    _ Source: _Volume 6, Issue 2-3, pp 165 - 181 Wittgenstein’s notion of ‘hinge propositions’—those propositions that stand fast for us and around which all empirical enquiry turns—remains controversial and elusive, and none of the recent attempts to make sense of it strike me as entirely satisfactory. The literature on this topic tends to divide into two camps: either a ‘quasi-epistemic’ reading is offered that seeks to downplay the radical nature of Wittgenstein’s proposal by assimilating his thought to more mainstream (...)
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    Epistemic Angst, Intellectual Courage and Radical Scepticism.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2019 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 9 (3):206-222.
    The overarching aim of this paper is to persuade the reader that radical scepticism is driven less by independently plausible arguments and more by a fear of epistemic limitation which can be overcome. By developing the Kierkegaardian insight that knowledge requires courage, I show that we are not, as potential knowers, just passive recipients of a passing show of putatively veridical information, we also actively need to put ourselves in the way of it by learning to resist certain forms of (...)
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  5. A “Resolute” Later Wittgenstein?Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2010 - Metaphilosophy 41 (5):649-668.
    Abstract: “Resolute readings” initially started life as a radical new approach to Wittgenstein's early philosophy, but are now starting to take root as a way of interpreting the later writings as well—a trend exemplified by Stephen Mulhall's Wittgenstein's Private Language (2007) as well as by Phil Hutchinson's “What's the Point of Elucidation?” (2007) and Rom Harré's “Grammatical Therapy and the Third Wittgenstein” (2008). The present article shows that there are neither good philosophical nor compelling exegetical grounds for accepting a resolute (...)
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    McDowellian Neo-Mooreanism?Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2012 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 3 (3):202-217.
    In a series of recent articles, Duncan Pritchard argues for a ‘neo-Moorean’ interpretation of John McDowell’s anti-sceptical strategy. Pritchard introduces a distinction between ‘favouring’ and ‘discriminating’ epistemic grounds in order to show that within the radical sceptical context an absence of ‘discriminating’ epistemic grounds allowing one to distinguish brain-in-a-vat from non-brain-in-a-vat scenarios does not preclude possessing knowledge of the denials of sceptical hypotheses. I argue that Pritchard’s reading is mistaken for three reasons. First, the distinction between ‘favouring’ and ‘discriminating’ epistemic (...)
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  7. No New Kierkegaard.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2004 - International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (4):519-534.
    The aim of this paper is to contest an infl uential recent reading of one of Kierkegaard’s most important books, the pseudonymously written Concluding Unscientific Postscript. According to the reading offered by James Conant, the Postscript is an “elaborate reductio” of the very philosophical project in which it itself appears to be engaged, namely, the project of attempting to clarify the nature of Christianity. I show that Conant’s position depends upon four inter-related theses concerning Kierkegaard’s text, and I argue that (...)
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    Introduction.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2019 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 9 (3):179-182.
    This introduction provides an overview of the content of the papers published in the special issue on epistemic vice and forms of scepticism.
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    Meaning and Conversational Impropriety in Sceptical Contexts.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2016 - Metaphilosophy 47 (3):431-448.
    According to “disjunctivist neo-Mooreanism”—a position Duncan Pritchard develops in a recent book—it is possible to know the denials of radical sceptical hypotheses, even though it is conversationally inappropriate to claim such knowledge. In a recent paper, on the other hand, Pritchard expounds an “überhinge” strategy, according to which one cannot know the denials of sceptical hypotheses, as “hinge propositions” are necessarily groundless. The present article argues that neither strategy is entirely successful. For if a proposition can be known, it can (...)
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    The Aesthetic as Mirror of Faith in Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - forthcoming - European Journal of Philosophy.
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    Wittgenstein and the ’Factorization Model’ of Religious Belief.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2014 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 6 (1):93--110.
    In the contemporary literature Wittgenstein has variously been labelled a fideist, a non-cognitivist and a relativist of sorts. The underlying motivation for these attributions seems to be the thought that the content of a belief can clearly be separated from the attitude taken towards it. Such a ”factorization model’ which construes religious beliefs as consisting of two independent ”factors’ -- the belief’s content and the belief-attitude -- appears to be behind the idea that one could, for example, have the religious (...)
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    'Objectively There is No Truth' - Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard on Religious Belief.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - unknown
    Kierkegaard’s influence on Wittgenstein’s conception of religious belief was profound, but this hasn’t so far been given the attention it deserves . Although Wittgenstein wrote comparatively little on the subject, while the whole of Kierkegaard’s oeuvre has a religious theme, both philosophers have become notorious for refusing to construe religious belief in either of the two traditional ways: as a ‘propositional attitude’ on the one hand or as a mere ‘emotional response’ with no reference to the ‘real world’ on the (...)
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    How Threatening Are Local Sceptical Scenarios?Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2019 - Wittgenstein-Studien 10 (1):261-278.
  14. Worlds or Words Apart? Wittgenstein on Understanding Religious Language.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2007 - Ratio 20 (4):422–441.
    In this paper I develop an account of Wittgenstein's conception of what it is to understand religious language. I show that Wittgenstein's view undermines the idea that as regards religious faith only two options are possible – either adherence to a set of metaphysical beliefs (with certain ways of acting following from these beliefs) or passionate commitment to a ‘doctrineless’ form of life. I offer a defence of Wittgenstein's conception against Kai Nielsen's charges that Wittgenstein removes the ‘content’ from religious (...)
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    Rupert Read and Matthew A. Lavery , Beyond the Tractatus Wars: The New Wittgenstein Debate . Xi + 200, Price £24.99 Pb.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2013 - Philosophical Investigations 36 (1):83-87.
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    ‘Meaning-Dawning’ in Wittgenstein’s Notebooks: A Kierkegaardian Reading and Critique.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2018 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (3):540-556.
    ABSTRACTIn this paper, I am going to propose a new reading of Wittgenstein’s cryptic talk of ‘accession or loss of meaning’ in the Notebooks that draws both on Wittgenstein’s later work on aspect-perception, as well as on the thoughts of a thinker whom Wittgenstein greatly admired: Søren Kierkegaard. I will then go on to argue that, its merits apart, there is something existentially problematic about the conception that Wittgenstein is advocating. For the renunciation of the comforts of the world that (...)
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  17. Review of Hans-Johann Glock & John Hyman (Eds.), Wittgenstein and Analytic Philosophy: Essays for P.M.S. Hacker[REVIEW]Genia Schönbaumsfeld - forthcoming - Analysis.
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    The ‘Default View’ of Perceptual Reasons and ‘Closure-Based’ Sceptical Arguments.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2017 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 7 (2):114-135.
    _ Source: _Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 114 - 135 It is a commonly accepted assumption in contemporary epistemology that we need to find a solution to ‘closure-based’ sceptical arguments and, hence, to the ‘scepticism or closure’ dilemma. In the present paper I argue that this is mistaken, since the closure principle does not, in fact, do real sceptical work. Rather, the decisive, scepticism-friendly moves are made before the closure principle is even brought into play. If we cannot avoid the (...)
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    Beliefs-in-a-Vat.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2017 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 117 (2):141-161.
    The over-arching claim that I intend to defend in this paper is that while widespread ‘local’ error is conceivable, we cannot, in the end, make sense of the radical sceptical idea that all our perceptual beliefs might be false – that no one has, as it were, ever been in touch with an ‘external world’ at all. To this end, I will show that an asymmetry exists between ‘local’ and ‘global’ sceptical scenarios, such that the possibility of ‘local’ error does (...)
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    Epistemological Disjunctivism by Duncan Pritchard.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2015 - Analysis 75 (4):604-615.
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    Art and the ‘Morality System’: The Case of Don Giovanni.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2015 - European Journal of Philosophy 23 (4):1025-1043.
    Mozart's great opera, Don Giovanni, poses a number of significant philosophical and aesthetic challenges, and yet it remains, for the most part, little discussed by contemporary philosophers. A notable exception to this is Bernard Williams's important paper, ‘Don Juan as an Idea’, which contains an illuminating discussion of Kierkegaard's ground-breaking interpretation of the opera, ‘The Immediate Erotic Stages or the Musical-Erotic’, in Either/Or. Kierkegaard's pseudonymous author's approach here is, in some respects, reminiscent of a currently rather fashionable narrative-inspired moral philosophy, (...)
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    Vom Zweifel Zur Verzweiflung: Grundbegriffe der Existenzphilosophie Sören Kierkegaards.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2004 - European Journal of Philosophy 12 (1):145–148.
    Books Reviewed:Kristin Kaufmann,Annemarie Pieper, Søren Kierkegaard.
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    Das Böse Alter Ego des Glaubens. Kierkegaard Über ‘Männliche Verzweiflung’ Und Das Dämonische.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - unknown
    In this paper I examine the connection between religious belief, despair and gender in Kierkegaard's Sickness unto Death and Fear and Trembling. I argue that despite Kierkegaard's abhorrent gender stereotyping, his concept of 'masculine despair' and its more extreme manifestation - the demonic - can be read ironically as a reductio ad absurdum of traditional 'male' virtues: pride, autonomy and dignity. That is to say, although the demonic is, according to Kierkegaard, the exact mirror-image of faith, it lacks precisely those (...)
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    True, but Inexpressible? Wittgenstein and ‘McDowellian Neo-Mooreanism’.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2011 - In Publications of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society - N.S. 17. De Gruyter. pp. 163-176.
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    Vom Zweifel Zur Verzweiflung: Grundbegriffe der Existenzphilosophie Sören Kierkegaards.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2004 - European Journal of Philosophy 12 (1):145-148.
    Books Reviewed:Kristin Kaufmann,Annemarie Pieper, Søren Kierkegaard.
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  26. Kierkegaard Contra Hegel on the ‘Absolute Paradox’.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2009 - Hegel Bulletin 30 (1-2):54-66.
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  27. Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard on Religious Belief.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2009 - In Ulrich Arnswald (ed.), In Search of Meaning: Ludwig Wittgenstein on Ethics, Mysticism and Religion. Universitätsverlag Karlsruhe.
  28. Wittgensteinian Approaches to Religion.Genia Schönbaumsfeld - 2015 - In Graham Oppy (ed.), Routledge Handbook for Contemporary Philosophy of Religion.
     
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