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This text consists of replies to commentaries by Michael Williams, Duncan Pritchard and Javier González de Prado on my book Description of Situations: An Essay in Contextualist Epistemology (Springer, 2018).

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    On the editing of On Certainty and its place in Wittgenstein’s corpus, namely its relationship with the Philosophical Investigations, see Venturinha (2010).

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    Wittgenstein’s wavy underline in the manuscript, which expresses his dissatisfaction with the word, is not here represented. The words underlined are “Sicherheit” and “Gewißheit”.


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I am extremely grateful to all my commentators for their attentive reading of my Description of Situations (2018) and for the insightful questions they have raised. I am also very grateful to the editors of Philosophia for their receptivity to this symposium. It is a privilege to think about some central themes of the book from so many different angles. I hope that my replies will be able to do justice to the acute criticism I found in each of the commentaries.

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Venturinha, N. Replies to Commentators. Philosophia 48, 1713–1724 (2020).

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  • Contextualism
  • Disclosure principle
  • Epistemic vertigo
  • Hinge epistemology
  • Scepticism
  • Wittgenstein