Wittgenstein and Logical Necessity

Barry Stroud

in Meaning, Understanding, and Practice

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252145
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598487 | DOI:
 Wittgenstein and Logical Necessity

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Disputes the attribution to Wittgenstein of a ‘conventionalist’ account of necessity. Conventionalism can seem appropriate given Wittgenstein's denial that there is anything in a person's understanding of the premises and rules he or she accepts, which can ‘force’ him or her to accept a particular conclusion. This conventionalist interpretation (ascribed to Michael Dummett) is resisted.

Keywords: conventionalism; Dummett; logical necessity; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  7045 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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