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Objectivity and the Parochial$
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Charles Travis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596218.001.0001

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To Represent As So

To Represent As So

(p.165) 6 To Represent As So
Objectivity and the Parochial

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This chapter is part of an explicit project of trying to understand later Wittgenstein in terms of his development of ideas already expounded and expanded on by Frege. In this case, the central object of attention is Wittgenstein's discussion, in Philosophical Investigations, of rule-following. It starts from a Frege-inspired distinction between what I refer to as ‘the conceptual-nonconceptual’ distinction. It argues that, for any act of representing something to be so—in representing things to be such-and-such way there is for things to be—when things would be as represented is only fixed given a background of agreement among some community for which this representing is meant to be that.

Keywords:   rule-following, conceptual, nonconceptual, generality, judgement

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