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The Uses of Sense: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language

The Uses of Sense: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language

by Charles TravisCharles Travis


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This book provides a novel interpretation of the ideas about language in Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. Travis places the "private language argument" in the context of wider themes in the Investigations, and thereby develops a picture of what it is for words to bear the meaning they do. He elaborates two versions of a private language argument, and shows the consequences of these for current trends in the philosophical theory of meaning.

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ISBN-13: 9780199245871
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/22/2001
Series: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Two Pictures of Semantics
2. The Making of Semantic Fact
3. The Uses of Language Games
4. Doubt and Knowledge Ascription
5. The Limits of Doubt
6. Through the Wilderness
7. The Autonomy of Fact-stating
8. The Problems with Private Semantics
Bibliography, Index

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