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  1. The Logical Basis of Metaphysics.Michael Dummett, Hilary Putnam & James Conant - 1994 - Philosophical Quarterly 44 (177):519-527.
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    Why Kant Is Not a Kantian.James Conant - 2016 - Philosophical Topics 44 (1):75-125.
    A central debate in early modern philosophy, between empiricism and rationalism, turned on the question which of two cognitive faculties—sensibility or understanding—should be accorded logical priority in an account of the epistemic credentials of knowledge. As against both the empiricist and the rationalist, Kant wants to argue that the terms of their debate rest on a shared common assumption: namely that the capacities here in question—qua cognitive capacities—are self-standingly intelligible. The paper terms this assumption the Layer-Cake Conception of Human Mindedness (...)
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  3. Words and Life.Hilary Putnam & James Conant - 1994 - Philosophy 70 (273):460-463.
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  4. The Search for Logically Alien Thought: Descartes, Kant, Frege, and the Tractatus.James Conant - 1992 - Philosophical Topics 20 (1):115-180.
  5. Wittgenstein on Meaning and Use.James Conant - 1998 - Philosophical Investigations 21 (3):222–250.
    Wittgenstein is usually taken to have held that the use of a term is not mentally constrained. That is utterly wrong. A use of language unconstrained by meaning is attributed by him to "meaning-blind" or "aspect-blind" creatures, not to us. We observe meaning when an aspect dawns on us; meaning is the impression (Eindruck) of a term as fitting something; hence, unlike pain, it cannot stand alone. That is a mentalistic theory of meaning: use is determined by images (Vorstellungen) that (...)
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  6. Elucidation and Nonsense in Frege and Early Wittgenstein.James Conant - 2000 - In Alice Crary & Rupert J. Read (eds.), The New Wittgenstein. Routledge. pp. 174--217.
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  7. Must We Show What We Cannot Say?James Conant - 1989 - In R. Fleming & M. Payne (eds.), The Senses of Stanley Cavell. Bucknell. pp. 242--83.
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    Science and Common Sense.James Bryant Conant - 1951 - New Haven: Yale University Press.
  9. 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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    Modern Science and Modern Man.James Bryant Conant - 1952 - Greenwood Press.
  11. Varieties of Scepticism.James Conant - 2004 - In Denis McManus (ed.), Wittgenstein and Scepticism. Routledge. pp. 97--136.
  12. Why Worry About the Tractatus?James Conant - unknown
    Why worry about Wittgenstein’s Tractatus? Did not Wittgenstein himself come to think it was largely a mistaken work? Is not Wittgenstein’s important work his later work? And does not his later work consist in a rejection of his earlier views? So does not the interest of the Tractatus mostly lie in its capacity to furnish a particularly vivid exemplar of the sort of philosophy that the mature Wittgenstein was most concerned to reject? So is it not true that the only (...)
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    Wittgenstein on Philosophy, Objectivity, and Meaning.James Conant & Sebastian Sunday (eds.) - 2019 - Cambridge University Press.
    This volume of new essays presents groundbreaking interpretations of some of the most central themes of Wittgenstein's philosophy. A distinguished group of contributors demonstrates how Wittgenstein's thought can fruitfully be applied to contemporary debates in epistemology, metaphilosophy and philosophy of language. The volume combines historical and systematic approaches to Wittgensteinian methods and perspectives, with essays providing detailed analysis that will be accessible to students as well as specialists. The result is a rich and illuminating picture of a key figure in (...)
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  14. Two Conceptions of Die Uberwindung der Metaphysik.James Conant - 2001 - In Timothy McCarthy & Sean C. Stidd (eds.), Wittgenstein in America. Oxford University Press.
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  15. The Road Since Structure.Kuhn Thomas, James Conant & John Haugeland - 2000 - In Thomas Kuhn (ed.), The Road Since Structure. University of Chicago Press.
     
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    Mild Mono-Wittgensteinianism.James Conant - 2007 - In Alice Crary (ed.), Wittgenstein and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Cora Diamond. Cambridge: MIT Press. pp. 31–142.
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    Wittgenstein’s Critique of the Additive Conception of Language.James F. Conant - 2020 - Nordic Wittgenstein Review 9.
    This paper argues that Wittgenstein, both early and late, rejects the idea that the logically simpler and more fundamental case is that of "the mere sign" and that what a meaningful symbol is can be explained through the elaboration of an appropriately supplemented conception of the sign: the sign plus something. Rather the sign, in the logically fundamental case of its mode of occurrence, is an internal aspect of the symbol. The Tractatus puts this point as follows: “The sign is (...)
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  18. Realism with a Human Face.James Conant (ed.) - 1984 - Harvard University Press.
     
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  19. Introduction.James Conant - 1990 - In ¸ Iteputnam:Rhfbook.
     
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    Introduction.James Conant & Sebastian Rödl - 2014 - Philosophical Topics 42 (1):1-12.
  21. Wittgenstein's Methods.James Conant - 2011 - In Oskari Kuusela & Marie McGinn (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. Oxford University Press.
    This paper comes in three parts. In the first part, I explore the question of the relation between the philosophies of the early and the later Wittgenstein as they are standardly distinguished, with the aim of raising some questions about whether that standard distinction might not obstruct our view of certain significant aspects of the development of Wittgenstein’s thought. In the second part, drawing on the work of Marie McGinn and Warren Goldfarb, I distinguish two senses in which these two (...)
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  22. On Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Mathematics.James Conant - 1997 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 97 (2):195–222.
  23. What 'Ethics' in the Tractatus is Not.James Conant - manuscript
    If someone believes himself to have discovered the solution to the problem of life … then in order to refute himself he need only reflect that there was a time when this ‘solution’ had not been discovered; but it must have been possible to live then too…. And that is the position in which we find ourselves in logic. If there comes to seem to be a ‘solution’ to logical (philosophical) problems, we should need only to caution ourselves that there (...)
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  24. I Wittgenstein.James Conant - unknown
    The document before you is by a member of a fanatical sect of heretical Ludwig scholars. Through a twist of fate it has fallen into my hands. I hesitate to make it public, since its circulation may do more harm than good. What speaks against publication is that it has the power to corrupt young minds. I do not take a light view of the dangers it poses in this regard. What speaks in favor of publication is the fact that (...)
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  25. Modern Science and Modern Man.James B. Conant - 1955 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 9 (1):136-139.
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  26. On Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Mathematics.Hilary Putnam & James Conant - 1996 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes 70:243-265.
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  27. Stanley Cavell’s Wittgenstein.James Conant - 2005 - The Harvard Review of Philosophy 13 (1):50-64.
    Now Wittgenstein has become quite famous in recent years for putting forward something that gets called a “use-theory of meaning.” Wittgenstein writes.
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  28. Hilary Putnam Pragmatism and Realism.N. Urszula M. Zegle, James Conant & Hilary Putnam - 2002
     
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  29. Rethinking Epistemology.Guenther Abel & James Conant (eds.) - 2011 - de Gruyter.
     
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    Rethinking Epistemology.Günter Abel & James Conant (eds.) - 2011 - De Gruyter.
    This volume contains contributions to the systematic study of knowledge. They suggest both an extension and a new path for classical epistemology. The topics in the second volume are the following: variants of skepticism; knowledge of the first, second, and third person; practical knowledge and the structure of action; knowledge and the problem of dualism; and disjunctivism concerning experience and perception.".
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  31. An Interview with Stanley Cavell.James Conant - 1989 - In R. Fleming & M. Payne (eds.), The Senses of Stanley Cavell. Bucknell. pp. 59.
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  32. Kierkegaard's POSTSCRIPT and Wittgenstein's Tractatus: Teaching How to Pass From Disguised to Patent Nonsense.James Conant - 1997 - Wittgenstein-Studien 4 (2).
     
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    Modern Science and Modern Man.James B. Conant - 1953 - Philosophy of Science 20 (3):242-242.
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    Throwing the Baby Out.Ed Dain & James Conant - 2011 - In Beyond the Tractatus Wars.
    If, as the title of this book suggests, the state of Tractatus commentary has at times recently resembled something close to a state of war, then it has most of all resembled a war of attrition. Against this background, Roger White's "Throwing the Baby Out with the Ladder" makes for refreshing reading. To be sure, White repeats some of the familiar misconceptions of what resolute readers do or must claim that have marred the debate over the adequacies or inadequacies of (...)
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  35. Two Modes of Thought: My Encounters with Science and Education.James Bryant Conant - 1964 - New York[Trident Press].
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    Index of Persons.Andrea Kern & James Conant - 2014 - In Andrea Kern & James Conant (eds.), Varieties of Skepticism: Essays After Kant, Wittgenstein, and Cavell. De Gruyter. pp. 455-458.
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  37. The Dialectic of Perspectivism, II.James Conant - 2006 - SATS 7 (1):6-57.
    As we have seen, the crucial step in Nietzsche’s argument for his early doctrine is summed by in the following remark: ‘If we are forced to comprehend all things only under these forms, then it ceases to be amazing that in all things we actually comprehend nothing but these forms’ (1979, pp. 87–8). Before eventually learning to be suspicious of it, Nietzsche spends a good deal of time wondering instead what it would mean to live with the conclusion that (what (...)
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    The Education of American Teachers.James B. Conant - 1964 - British Journal of Educational Studies 12 (2):213-214.
  39. The Road Since 'Structure'.Thomas Kuhn, John Haugeland & James Conant - 2003 - Philosophical Quarterly 53 (211):298-301.
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  40. The Dialectic of Perspectivism I.James Conant - 2006 - SATS 7 (1):5-50.
    Philosophers ... always demand that we should think of an eye that is completely unthinkable, an eye turned in no particular direction, in which the active and interpreting forces, through which alone seeing becomes seeing something, are supposed to be lacking; they always demand of the eye an absurdity and a nonsense.
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  41. Freedom, Cruelty, and Truth: Rorty Versus Orwell.James Conant - 2000 - In Robert Brandom (ed.), Rorty and His Critics. Blackwell. pp. 268--342.
     
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    On Bruns, on Cavell.James Conant - 1991 - Critical Inquiry 17 (3):616-634.
    Gerald Bruns’s “Stanley Cavell’s Shakespeare” is a consistently sympathetic and thoughtful response to Cavell’s difficult essays on Shakespeare.1 Nevertheless, while Bruns’s exposition of Cavell’s thought places it in a pertinently complex region of philosophical and literary concerns, it is hampered by its relative isolation from much of Cavell’s other work and from certain abiding conflicts within contemporary philosophy which inform that work. The resultant misunderstandings of Cavell’s thought are perhaps as inevitable as they are widespread—a function of the way in (...)
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    Interview. From Positivist Rabbi to Resolute Reader: James Conant in Conversation with Niklas Forsberg, Part 1.Niklas Forsberg & James Conant - 2013 - Nordic Wittgenstein Review 2 (1):131-160.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Nordic Wittgenstein Review Jahrgang: 2 Heft: 1 Seiten: 131-160.
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    The Dialectic of Perspectivism, II.James Conant - 2006 - SATS 7 (1).
  45. George Sarton and Harvard University.James Conant - 1956 - Isis 47:301-305.
     
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    On Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Mathematics.Hilary Putnam & James Conant - 1996 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 70 (1):243-266.
  47. James Conant in Conversation with Niklas Forsberg, Part 2.Niklas Forsberg & James Conant - 2016 - Nordic Wittgenstein Review 5 (1).
    This is part 2 och an interview with Prof. J. Conant, conducted by Niklas Forsberg. This article will be published at the end of June 2016.
     
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    Wittgensteins Kritik am additiven Verständnis des sprachlichen Zeichens.James Conant - 2021 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 69 (1):1-24.
    This paper argues that Wittgenstein, both early and late, rejects the idea that the logically simpler and more fundamental case is that of “the mere sign” and that what a meaningful symbol is can be explained through the elaboration of an appropriately supplemented conception of the sign: the sign plus something. Rather the sign, in the logically fundamental case of its mode of occurrence, is an internal aspect of the symbol. The Tractatus puts this point as follows: “The sign is (...)
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    Some Socratic Aspects of Wittgenstein's Conception of Philosophy.James Conant - 2019 - In James Conant & Sebastian Sunday Grève (eds.), Wittgenstein on Philosophy, Objectivity, and Meaning. Cambridge University Press. pp. 231-264.
    This chapter begins with an examination, testing the reader’s knowledge of Socrates and Wittgenstein. It goes on to consider the question of why the exam might be a difficult one, and the question of what this difficulty shows about Wittgenstein. The chapter further discusses, on a more general level, the questions of why the claim that a philosopher’s conception of philosophy bears a Socratic aspect was once a tautology and why the claim that Wittgenstein’s conception of philosophy bears a Socratic (...)
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    Inheriting Wittgenstein: James Conant in Conversation with Niklas Forsberg, Part 2.Niklas Forsberg & James Conant - 2018 - Nordic Wittgenstein Review 7 (2):111-193.
    This is part 2 of an interview with Prof. J. Conant, conducted by Niklas Forsberg.
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