The Dignity of a Rule: Wittgenstein, Mathematical Norms, and Truth

Dialogue 42 (03):419-446 (2003)
Paul Boghossian (1996; 1998)argues that Wittgenstein suffered from a "confusion" (1996, 377) if he thought that he could treat propositions of logic and mathematics both as rules and as being true as a matter of convention. He also suggests that such "rule-prescriptivism" (377) about math and logic leads to a vicious regress (1998). Focusing on Wittgenstein's normativism about mathematics, I argue that neither of these claims is true.
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