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Carlo Penco
University of Genoa
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In this paper I give a reconstruction of Dummett’s main arguments concerning the theory of the occult origin of the Tarot, and discuss the reasons behind the success of the Tarot pack – in particular the Major Arcana – in the history of card games. I also provide some indication of the links between Dummett’s interest in the history of card games and aspects of his philosophical background. As I am not an expert on card games, this paper is mainly a personal tribute to a side of Dummett’s work to which philosophers have in general paid little attention.
Keywords Dummett  Tarots  Context Principle  Meaning as use
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