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The Uses of Sense: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language

Charles Travis


The Uses of Sense presents a reading of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, concentrating on themes concerning representation, truth, and objectivity. It offers a particular understanding of the radical break Wittgenstein made with what is still the conventional understanding as to what it is for a representation to be true—an understanding manifest in standard treatments of the relation between meaning and truth. On the new view, for any specifiable way things may be represented as being, there are various possible understandings as to what it is for things to be that wa ... More

Keywords: fact stating, family resemblance, knowledge, Language game, objectivity, Philosophical Investigations, philosophy of language, private language, proof, rule following, Wittgenstein

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245871
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199245878.001.0001


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Charles Travis, author
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