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  1. Assertability Conditions and the Investigations.Nicoletta Bartunek - 2019 - Philosophia 47 (4):1023-1042.
    Later Wittgenstein is famous for having related meaning and use. Nonetheless, thanks to Dummett and Kripke, and the debates they provoked, a conventional wisdom is nowadays available: Wittgenstein, so the story goes, adopted a theory of meaning in terms of assertability conditions. This paper claims that it is wrong to attribute such a theory to the Investigations. For such a thesis to go through, one of the following two scenarios should be confirmed. It should either be true that Wittgenstein reduces (...)
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  • Wittgenstein on the Impossibility of Following a Rule Only Once.Francis Y. Lin - forthcoming - British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-21.
    ABSTRACTWittgenstein’s remark that one cannot follow a rule only once has generated two puzzles: how can everyone accept it to be true? and why does Wittgenstein advance it? These two puzzles have tormented commentators for decades. In this paper I put forward a new interpretation and explain away the two puzzles. I shall show that Wittgenstein’s remark is plain truth and that his motivation behind making it is to dissolve the picture theory of meaning propounded in the Tractatus. This interpretation (...)
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  • Stroud on Wittgenstein, Meaning, and Community.Claudine Verheggen - 2005 - Dialogue 44 (1):67-85.
    According to Barry Stroud, Wittgenstein thought that language is social only in this minimal way: we cannot make sense of the idea of someone having a language unless we can describe her as using signs in conformity with the linguistic practices of some community. Since a solitary person could meet this condition, Stroud concludes that, for Wittgenstein, solitary languages are possible. I argue that Wittgenstein in fact thought that language is social in a much more robust way. Solitary languages are (...)
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  • The Community View Revisited.Claudine Verheggen - 2007 - Metaphilosophy 38 (5):612-631.
    Joining a vast Wittgensteinian anti-theoretical movement, John Canfield has argued that it is possible to read the claims that (1) “language is essentially communal” and (2) “it is conceptually possible that a Crusoe isolated from birth should speak or follow rules” in such a way that they are perfectly compatible, and, indeed, that Wittgenstein held them both at once. The key to doing this is to drain them of any theoretical content or implications that would put each claim at odds (...)
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  • Is Community Necessary? Quasi-Philosophical Ruminations.C. J. B. Macmillan - 1996 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 15 (1-2):77-88.
  • That We Obey Rules Blindly Does Not Mean That We Are Blindly Subservient to Rules.W. Sharrock & A. Dennis - 2008 - Theory, Culture and Society 25 (2):33-50.
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  • Rules, Technique, and Practical Knowledge: A Wittgensteinian Exploration of Vocational Learning.Christopher Winch - 2006 - Educational Theory 56 (4):407-421.
    In this essay, Christopher Winch explores the relevance of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s account of rule‐following to vocational education with particular reference to the often‐made claim that any account of an activity in terms of rule‐following implies rigidity and inflexibility. He argues that most rule‐following is only successful when it involves a degree of flexibility. For instance, most technical work that involves rule‐following requires flexibility and situational awareness for success. Technical education that fails to take account of the need to apply rules (...)
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