Kripkenstein meets the chinese room: Looking for the place of meaning from a natural point of view

Inquiry 41 (3):317-332 (1998)
Abstract
The discussion between Searle and the Churchlands over whether or not symbolmanipulating computers generate semantics will be confronted both with the rulesceptical considerations of Kripke/Wittgenstein and with Wittgenstein's privatelanguage argument in order to show that the discussion focuses on the wrong place: meaning does not emerge in the brain. That a symbol means something should rather be conceived as a social fact, depending on a mutual imputation of linguistic competence of the participants of a linguistic practice to one another. The alternative picture will finally be applied to small children, animals, and computers as well
Keywords Axiom  Language  Churchland, P  Kripke, S  Searle, J
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