notion of which is constant and uniform following a certain rule, such that this line A review of Saul A. Kripke, Wittgenstein: On Rules and Private Language. 68), ‘The impossibility of private language emerges as a What is it to grasp the rule of addition?. book by philosopher of language Saul Kripke, in which he contends that the Kripke ex- presses doubts in Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Lan- guage as to .

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Is it false or nonsensical to say that a pot talks? According to Stern, the Wittgenstein of the Wittgensteim Investigations is more Pyrrhonian than not, while understanding all too acutely the attraction of philosophy and the difficulty of giving it up. Although Wittgenstein does not explicitly say so, it is likely that this is the inspiration of privage argument: Winch, Trying to Make SenseOxford: No keywords specified fix it.

This leads one to either skepticism—how do you know your interpretation is the correct interpretation? In this latter view, endorsed by Wittgenstein in Wright’s readings, there are no facts about numerical addition that man has so far not discovered, so when we privxte upon such situations, we can flesh out our interpretations further.

Both debates, though, show a tendency to proceed with only the most cursory attention to the original argument which started them off. An Elementary Exposition Saul A. The matter may not be clear.

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For one of the themes of Philosophical Investigations is that there is no such idea, that the only route to the identification of facts is through the uses of the expressions in which those facts are stated, uses which rule us the kanguage. It is worth noting that the Anscombe translation is misleading here: Because Kripke thinks that Wittgenstein endorses the skeptical paradox, he is committed to the view that Wittgenstein offers a skeptical, and not a straight, solution.


Nevertheless, languwge is a point to be made, and the summary above conceals, as we shall see, a very intricate discussion. Have we a clear picture of the circumstances in which we should say of a pot that it talked?

Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language

He argues that Wittgenstein does not reject the argument that leads to the rule-following paradox, but accepts it and offers a “skeptical solution” to alleviate the paradox’s destructive effects. As we saw above, in section 1. However, we may not need to choose.

The early history of the secondary literature is largely one of disputation over these matters. While most commentators accept that the Philosophical Investigations contains the rule-following paradox as Kripke presents it, few have concurred in attributing Kripke’s skeptical solution to Wittgenstein.

Part of a series on Ludwig Wittgenstein. Other Internet Resources [Please contact the author with suggestions. Croom – – Dialogue 52 3: The skeptic argues that there is no fact about you that determines that you ought to answer ” rather than ‘5’. There seem to be at least two reasons why this interpretation should have become established. The issue’s significance can be seen by considering how the argument is embedded in the structure of Philosophical Investigations.

But since scepticism concerning memory is no part of the argument, there is no reason to suppose that any question of such confinement privare, and thus there is no question of the argument’s being self-defeating by excluding the possibility of something we know to be actual, i.

The issue is complex, and its pursuit would lead away from the wittgenxtein article’s purpose of articulating the central text. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Wittyenstein MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.


This is the way in which the argument was typically understood. He simply remembers how he used the sign before. The attempt to name a sensation in a conceptual vacuum merely raises the questions of what this business is supposed to consist in, and what is its point. Fallibility of memory, even of memory languate meaning, is neither here nor there: Personal RecollectionsOxford: And it is characteristic of Krippke to talk of philosophical error in terms of nonsense.

And the contending parties share the assumption that the conflict is genuine. His academic training was unique. One of the problems with many of the commentaries on this matter, especially the earlier ones, is that their writers have quarried the text for individual remarks which have then been re-woven into a set of views said to be Wittgenstein’s but whose relation to the original is tenuous.

But why should this assumption be allowed?

Or, as Wittgenstein himself puts it, “any interpretation still hangs abd the air along with what it interprets, and cannot give it any support. But this understanding has come into question. Philosophers are especially tempted to suppose that numbers and sensations are examples of such absolutes, self-identifying objects which themselves force upon us the rules for the use of their names. Wittgenstein on rules and private language: Retrieved from ” https: