rule-following considerations
The considerations discussed by Wittgenstein in the Philosophical Investigations, §§147–202, concerning our conception of what it is for our use of a piece of language to be governed by an understanding of it, or a meaning or rule of use. Different interpretations of these passages exist, but it is generally agreed that Wittgenstein is opposing a conception of ourselves as grasping a ‘superlative fact’: a set of logical rails that dictate how we should use a term in any of an indefinite number of cases that we have not yet encountered. The deflationary account that he appears to substitute is that there are not both the use of the term and in addition such a rule or principle (or form, or universal, or idea ): there is only the use. One influential interpretation is that of Kripke, which sees Wittgenstein as engaged in a sceptical dialogue, whereby the facts we can offer continually fail to play the role of rules we are following, so that eventually the judgement that we are following one rule or another seems to answer to no facts at all, or to have no truth-conditions. It is doubtful whether Wittgenstein would have accepted this description of his conclusion, but the upshot may be a similar reevaluation of what it is to apply a concept, or think or make a judgement at all.

Philosophy dictionary. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • rule following — considerations …   Philosophy dictionary

  • rule-following — considerations …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Rule of St. Benedict — • Lengthy article on the text of the Rule and its composition, some analysis, and practical application Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Rule of St. Benedict     Rule of St. Benedict …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Rule of inference — In logic, a rule of inference (also called a transformation rule) is a function from sets of formulae to formulae. The argument is called the premise set (or simply premises ) and the value the conclusion . They can also be viewed as relations… …   Wikipedia

  • Net capital rule — The uniform net capital rule is a rule created by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ( SEC ) in 1975 to regulate directly the ability of broker dealers to meet their financial obligations to customers and other creditors.[1] Broker… …   Wikipedia

  • Criticisms of Communist party rule — This article only discusses criticisms that are specific to Communist states and not necessarily to other forms of socialism. See criticisms of socialism and criticisms of Marxism for discussions of literature and viewpoints objecting to… …   Wikipedia

  • Criticisms of communist party rule — Part of the series on Communism …   Wikipedia

  • MAJORITY RULE — MAJORITY RULE, deciding a matter according to the majority opinion. In the field of the halakhah this rule is applied in three principal instances: (a) determination of the binding law according to (the view of) the majority of halakhic scholars; …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Trend following — In finance, trend following is an investment strategy that tries to take advantage of long term moves that seem to play out in various markets. The system aims to work on the market trend mechanism and take benefit from both sides of the market… …   Wikipedia

  • District of Columbia home rule — The United States Congress has ultimate authority over the District …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”