To Represent As So

Charles Travis

in Objectivity and the Parochial

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199596218
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595783 | DOI:
To Represent As So

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This chapter is part of an explicit project of trying to understand later Wittgenstein in terms of his development of ideas already expounded and expanded on by Frege. In this case, the central object of attention is Wittgenstein's discussion, in Philosophical Investigations, of rule-following. It starts from a Frege-inspired distinction between what I refer to as ‘the conceptual-nonconceptual’ distinction. It argues that, for any act of representing something to be so—in representing things to be such-and-such way there is for things to be—when things would be as represented is only fixed given a background of agreement among some community for which this representing is meant to be that.

Keywords: rule-following; conceptual; nonconceptual; generality; judgement

Chapter.  14807 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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