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Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies$
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P. M. S Hacker

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245697

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019924569X.001.0001

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On Misunderstanding Wittgenstein: Kripke's Private‐Language Argumen t

On Misunderstanding Wittgenstein: Kripke's Private‐Language Argumen t

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(p.268) 10 On Misunderstanding Wittgenstein: Kripke's Private‐Language Argument
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Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies
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P. M. S Hacker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019924569X.003.0010

Professor Saul Kripke argued that the ‘real’ private language argument terminates with section 202 of the Investigations and is concerned with the logical and epistemological character of following a rule. According to his interpretation, Wittgenstein is propounding a sceptical paradox concerning rule following, which he resolves by means of a Humean answer. Careful examination of Wittgenstein’s text and of his preparatory notebooks shows this interpretation to be very far from anything Wittgenstein intended.

Keywords:   assertion conditions, following rules, hume, meaning something by an expression, practice, private language argument, rule-scepticism, S. Kripke

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