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Wittgenstein on Meaning, Understanding, and Community

Barry Stroud

in Meaning, Understanding, and Practice

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252145
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199252149.003.0006
 Wittgenstein on Meaning, Understanding, and Community

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Tries to ravel out Wittgenstein's dictum that meaning is used in an attempt to forestall Kripke's ‘sceptic’, who draws the conclusion that there is no such thing as meaning on the grounds that mental objects cannot be brought to bear on the question of what a person means, and that mere conformity to linguistic practice is not sufficient for the determination of meaning. It is argued that the indeterminacy or problematic nature of meaning with respect to a certain class of facts does not entail that meaning is indeterminate or problematic.

Keywords: meaning; practice; use

Chapter.  6643 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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