The Publicity of Meaning and the Interiority of Mind<sup>1</sup>

Barry C. Smith

in Mind, Meaning, and Knowledge

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199278053
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745386 | DOI:
The Publicity of Meaning and the Interiority of Mind1

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In his writings on the later Wittgenstein, Crispin Wright deals in detail with two themes he sees as closely related: the nature of our knowledge of our own intentional states and the nature of rule-following. Wright’s work brings out deep connections between the two issues and he attempts to provide a similar epistemological treatment of both. However, in each case, the first-person perspective of the thinker and rule-follower goes missing from the accounts of the special way we know our own minds and meanings. The chapter shows that other parts of Wright’s work provide him with the resources to provide a fully satisfying account that reconciles the inner and outer aspects of mind and meaning.

Keywords: meaning; mind; language; publicity; privacy; first-person perspective; inner; Wittgenstein; self-knowledge

Chapter.  18043 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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