Blind Rule-Following

Paul A. Boghossian

in Mind, Meaning, and Knowledge

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199278053
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745386 | DOI:
Blind Rule-Following

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In this chapter a new problem about rule-following is outlined, one that is distinct both from Kripke’s and Wright’s versions of the problem. This new problem cannot be correctly responsed to, as Kripke’s can, by invoking Wright’s Intentional Account of rule-following. The upshot might be called, following Kant, an antinomy of pure reason: we both must — and cannot — make sense of someone’s following a rule. The chapter explores various ways out of this antinomy without here endorsing any of them.

Keywords: rules; rule-following; intentionality; dispositions; Wright; Kripke; Wittgenstein; paradox

Chapter.  10772 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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