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Horwich, Meaning and Kripke's Wittgenstein

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Paul Horwich has argued that Kripke’s Wittgenstein’s ‘sceptical challenge’ to the notion of meaning and rule-following only gets going if an ‘inflationary’ conception of truth is presupposed, and he develops a ‘use-theoretic’ conception of meaning which he claims is immune to Kripke’s Wittgenstein’s sceptical attack. I argue that even if we grant Horwich his ‘deflationary’ conception of truth, that is not enough to undermine Kripke’s Wittgenstein’s sceptical argument. Moreover, Horwich’s own ‘use-theoretic’ account of meaning actually falls prey to that sceptical challenge.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9213.00177

Affiliations: Cardiff University

Publication date: April 1, 2000

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