Philosophical Investigations 39 (2):281-301 (2016)

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Many interpreters have noted that §§138–242 of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations is dominated by an attack on a platonist or classical realist conception of rules and meaning. In this paper, I address the lack of clarity that still exists concerning the nature and strength of the arguments in those sections. I argue that Wittgenstein's attack is genuinely compelling if viewed as an intricate reductio ad absurdum argument that runs all the way through §§138–201. On my reading, the well-known regress-of-interpretations argument is merely one stage in the overall reductio and is not sufficient on its own to generate the rule-following paradox.
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DOI 10.1111/phin.12086
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