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Wandering SignificanceAn Essay on Conceptual Behaviour$
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Mark Wilson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269259.001.0001

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269259.003.0008

This chapter investigates the implications of these conclusions with respect to rule-following and rigor's implementation. It begins with a survey of common philosophical tensions over these topics and recommends a seasonal sensitivity with respect to the competing demands that syntax and ‘semantic picture’ place upon a usage. The historical travails of Oliver Heaviside's operational calculus provide a vivid illustration of how reasonable standards of rigor must adapt and shift over time.

Keywords:   conceptual grasp, semantic epiphany, rigor, rule-following, semantic picture, conceptual detoxification, soundness proof, domain extension

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