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Rule-Following

Martin Kusch

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0106
Rule-Following

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“Rule-following” is best thought of as a title for a number of closely intertwined philosophical questions: What is a rule? Can a rule compel or guide its user, and if so, how? What is it to be committed to following a rule? How can rules be learned? Is it possible to understand rule-following without referring to communities? Is to mean something by a word, and to have a concept, tantamount to being committed to following a rule? Precursors of these questions have always been asked by philosophers in some form or other. But it is primarily due to the work of Wittgenstein (Philosophical Investigations) that rule-following has come to be regarded as a distinct philosophical issue. This is reflected in the fact that much of the contemporary literature on rule-following is concerned with the interpretation of Wittgenstein’s writings. The literature on rule-following is immense and cuts across all areas of philosophy.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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