Charles Travis

in Thought's Footing

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780199291465
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191710667 | DOI:

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This chapter focuses on Investigations, §§429-64 — a discussion of what it is for thought to harmonize with reality. The topics here are a complementary pair of illusions: one about representation (truth), one about experience, which arise when one fails to step back far enough from one’s own talk on an occasion to recognize the point that any concept is of what admits of interpretations. The illusion on the side of representation manifests itself in a certain deflationary view of truth (in fact, in most such views). On the side of experience, it manifests itself, in one way, in the idea that experience has (or even could have) a representational content (where this does not consist in how, in that experience, its subject represents things to himself).

Keywords: Wittgenstein; Philosophical Investigations; illusions; representation; truth; experience

Chapter.  22465 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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