David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In , The Later Wittgenstein on Language. Palgrave Macmillan (2010)
Wittgenstein famously remarks that ‘the meaning of a word is its use’ (PI §43). Whether or not one views this as gesturing at a ‘theory’ of meaning, or instead as aiming primarily at dissuading us from certain misconceptions of language that are a source of puzzlement, it is clear that Wittgenstein held that for certain purposes the meaning of an expression could profitably be characterised as its use. Throughout his later writings, however, Wittgenstein’s appeal to the notion of use pulls in two directions. In several places, Wittgenstein seems to connect the notion of an expression’s meaning with that of use in the sense of usage or practice. More specifically, he suggests that for an expression to possess meaning is for there to be a practice of employing it according to certain rules. ‘That’, he tells us, ‘is why there exists a correspondence between the concepts “rule” and “meaning”’ (OC §62; cf. PG 68; PO 51; RFM VI §28; VW 103). Indeed, Wittgenstein goes so far as to say, ‘The rule-governed nature of our languages permeates our life’ (RC §303). Call the view that the meaning of an expression is determined by a general principle governing its use, rulism.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Oskari Kuusela (2008). The Struggle Against Dogmatism: Wittgenstein and the Concept of Philosophy. Harvard University Press.
Mark McCullagh (2002). Wittgenstein on Rules and Practices. Journal of Philosophical Research 27:83-100.
V. Krebs (1986). Objectivity and Meaning: Wittgenstein on Following Rules. Philosophical Investigations 9 (July):177-186.
Malcolm Budd (1984). Wittgenstein on Meaning, Interpretation and Rules. Synthese 58 (March):303-324.
Stephen Read (2010). General-Elimination Harmony and the Meaning of the Logical Constants. Journal of Philosophical Logic 39 (5):557-76.
Hanne Ahonen (2005). Wittgenstein and the Conditions of Musical Communication. Philosophy 80 (4):513-529.
Christopher Lawn (2003). Wittgenstein, History and Hermeneutics. Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (3):281-295.
Anna Bergqvist (2009). Semantic Particularism and Linguistic Competence. Logique et Analyse 52 (208):343-361.
Cesare Cozzo (2004). Rule-Following and the Objectivity of Proof. In Annalisa Coliva & Eva Picardi (eds.), Wittgenstein Today. Il poligrafo. 185--200.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads87 ( #11,634 of 1,088,907 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,735 of 1,088,907 )
How can I increase my downloads?