Getting Geist – Certainty, Rules and Us

In Melika Ouelbani (ed.), Cinquantenaire Ludwig Wittgenstein, Actes du Colloque, Faculté des Sciences Humaines Et Sociales. Université de Tunis, Faculté des Sciences Humaines Et Sociales. pp. 35-62 (2001)

Kevin Mulligan
University of Geneva
Meaning, for example Sam's meaning that it rains by saying "es regnet", forms of life and the senses of propositions or thoughts are three categories that loom large in Wittgenstein's writings on language and mind. How do they stand to one another, how are they connected? The question was addressed before Wittgenstein by the realist phenomenologists, Scheler, Hartmann and Ortega as well as by the Viennese philosopher and psychologist, Karl Bühler. Like Wittgenstein, these philosophers were quite clear that the category to which meaning belongs and the category to which belong the senses of individual propositions cover a great variety of cases and that a form of life has many dimensions. Language is only one of the phenomena which go to make up human life or culture. The acts and activities of a person are one thing, the acts and activities of interacting persons another thing and the contents of both yet another thing
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