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Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies$
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P. M. S Hacker

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245697

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019924569X.001.0001

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On Misunderstanding Wittgenstein: Kripke's Private‐Language Argumen t

On Misunderstanding Wittgenstein: Kripke's Private‐Language Argumen t

(p.268) 10 On Misunderstanding Wittgenstein: Kripke's Private‐Language Argument
Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies

P. M. S Hacker

Oxford University Press

Professor Saul Kripke argued that the ‘real’ private language argument terminates with section 202 of the Investigations and is concerned with the logical and epistemological character of following a rule. According to his interpretation, Wittgenstein is propounding a sceptical paradox concerning rule following, which he resolves by means of a Humean answer. Careful examination of Wittgenstein’s text and of his preparatory notebooks shows this interpretation to be very far from anything Wittgenstein intended.

Keywords:   assertion conditions, following rules, hume, meaning something by an expression, practice, private language argument, rule-scepticism, S. Kripke

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