The aim of this article is both to understand Wittgenstein’s view of a Weltbild and its role in epistemic reasoning, and to develop its consequences for our standing as social and ethical beings. Accordingly, the article falls in two parts. The first part (§§ 2-4) is devoted to present a nuanced understanding of the view of a Weltbild presented in On Certainty. A Weltbild is here shown to consist in a system of certainties that form the background necessary for an understanding of the world. The second part (§§ 5-7) addresses the question of how this view of a Weltbild should be understood outside an epistemological context and the insights it may bring to our understanding of our ethical and political standing.
Humana Mente. Journal of Philosophical Studies, 2011, Vol 18, p. 141-162