Wittgenstein on Necessity: Some Reflections

Michael Dummett

in The Seas of Language

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236214
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597350 | DOI:
Wittgenstein on Necessity: Some Reflections

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Radical conventionalism treats every necessary truth as a linguistic convention, akin to the statement ’There are seven days in a week’. Wittgenstein's endorsement of this view was a result of his belief that nothing can explain the fact of the acceptance of necessary truths. There could not be necessary truths being a consequence of human nature, which have not yet been recognized, or those which would never be recognized as such. This view stands in contrast to moderate conventionalism, which is powerless to explain the necessity of logical consequence.

Keywords: conventionalism intuitionism; mathematical proof; Necessity; Putnam; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  8540 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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