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Oughts and Thoughts: Scepticism and the Normativity of Meaning

Anandi Hattiangadi


This book provides a response to the argument for meaning scepticism set out by Saul Kripke in Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language. Kripke asks what makes it the case that anybody ever means anything by any word, and argues that there are no facts of the matter as to what anybody ever means. Kripke's argument has inspired a lively and extended debate in the philosophy of language, as it raises some of the most fundamental issues in the field: namely, the reality, privacy, and normativity of meaning. The book argues that in order to achieve the radical conclusion that there are no facts ... More

Keywords: Saul Kripke, word, philosophy of language, reality of meaning, privacy of meaning, normativity of meaning, sceptical solution, normativity of moral judgments

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199219025
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219025.001.0001


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Anandi Hattiangadi, author
St Hilda's College, Oxford
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