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  1. 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. Routledge.
    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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  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. 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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  4. 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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  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. 'We Can't Whistle It Either': Legend and Reality.Cora Diamond - 2011 - European Journal of Philosophy 19 (3):335-356.
    Abstract: 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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  7. Losing Your Concepts.Cora Diamond - 1988 - Ethics 98 (2):255-277.
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  8. 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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  9. How Old Are These Bones?Cora Diamond - forthcoming - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society.
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    Asymmetries in Thinking About Thought in Advance.Cora Diamond - forthcoming - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly.
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  11. 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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    Asymmetries in Thinking About Thought.Cora Diamond - 2016 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2):299-315.
    My essay is concerned with two kinds of case of asymmetries in thinking about thought. If one says that there is nothing else to think but that so and so, one may mean either that there are no considerations which could make it reasonable to think the opposite, or that to think anything else is to be in a muddle, not really to be thinking anything. A case of the latter sort is important in Elizabeth Anscombe’s criticism of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus, (...)
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  13. 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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  14. Missing the Adventure: Reply to Martha Nussbaum.Cora Diamond - 1985 - Journal of Philosophy 82 (10):530-531.
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  15. 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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    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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  17. Martha Nussbaum and the Need for Novels.Cora Diamond - 1993 - Philosophical Investigations 16 (2):128-153.
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  18. 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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    Between Realism and Rortianism.Cora Diamond - 2014 - The Harvard Review of Philosophy 21:56-75.
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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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  21. 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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  22. 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.
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    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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  24. How Many Legs.Cora Diamond - 1990 - In Peter Winch & Raimond Gaita (eds.), Value and Understanding: Essays for Peter Winch. Routledge.
     
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    Realism and Resolution.Cora Diamond - 1997 - Journal of Philosophical Research 22:75-86.
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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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  27. 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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  28. How Old Are These Bones? Putnam, Wittgenstein and Verification: Cora Diamond.Cora Diamond - 1999 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 73 (1):99–134.
    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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  29. Anything but Argument?Cora Diamond - 1982 - Philosophical Investigations 5 (1):23-41.
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  30. The Dog That Gave Himself the Moral Law.Cora Diamond - 1988 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 13 (1):161-179.
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  31. 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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    Unfolding Truth and Reading Wittgenstein.Cora Diamond - 2003 - SATS 4 (1):24-58.
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    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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    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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    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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    Wittgenstein's Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics, Cambridge 1939.Cora Diamond - 1977 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 37 (4):584-586.
    For several terms at Cambridge in 1939, Ludwig Wittgenstein lectured on the philosophical foundations of mathematics. A lecture class taught by Wittgenstein, however, hardly resembled a lecture. He sat on a chair in the middle of the room, with some of the class sitting in chairs, some on the floor. He never used notes. He paused frequently, sometimes for several minutes, while he puzzled out a problem. He often asked his listeners questions and reacted to their replies. Many meetings were (...)
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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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  38. 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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    Literature and Moral Understanding. A Philosophical Essay on Ethics, Aesthetics, Education, and Culture.Cora Diamond - 1994 - Philosophical Books 35 (1):70-73.
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    Scepticism, Rules and Language.Cora Diamond - 1985 - Philosophical Books 26 (1):26-29.
  41. Rules: Looking in the Right Place.Cora Diamond - 1989 - In Dayton Z. Phillips & Peter G. Winch (eds.), Wittgenstein.
     
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    In Wittgenstein's Tractatus.Thomas Ricketts, Donna M. Summerfield, Newton Garver, Steve Gerrard, Hans-Johann Glock & Cora Diamond - 2013 - In Peter Sullivan Michael Potter (ed.), Wittgenstein's Tractatus. History and Interpretation. Oxford University Press.
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    Wittgenstein, Anscombe, and What Can Only Be True.Cora Diamond - 2015 - In Annalisa Coliva, Volker Munz & Danièle Moyal-Sharrock (eds.), Mind, Language and Action: Proceedings of the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium. De Gruyter. pp. 105-118.
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    Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language.Cora Diamond - 1983 - Philosophical Books 24 (2):96-98.
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    What Does a Concept Script Do?Cora Diamond - 1984 - Philosophical Quarterly 34 (136):343-368.
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    Finding One's Way Into the Tractatus.Cora Diamond - 2003 - SATS 4 (2).
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    General Propositional Form?Cora Diamond - 2012 - In Jl Zalabardo (ed.), Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 151.
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    Wittgenstein's Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics.Laurence Goldstein & Cora Diamond - 1977 - Philosophical Quarterly 27 (109):370.
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    Riddles and Anselm's Riddle.Cora Diamond & Roger White - 1977 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 51 (1):143 - 186.
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    Secondary Sense.Cora Diamond - 1966 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 67:189 - 208.
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