Uses of Sense - Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Language by Charles Travis

By Charles Travis

This publication offers a singular interpretation of the tips approximately language in Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. Travis areas the "private language argument" within the context of wider issues within the Investigations, and thereby develops an image of what it's for phrases to endure the that means they do. He elaborates models of a personal language argument, and exhibits the implications of those for present traits within the philosophical concept of that means.

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That observation, if correct, certainly counts against a Fregean tertium non datur principle. But it does not count against the dominant picture. For if the point is right, then nothing decides whether the words or concepts are true of these items. So it is simply not a fact that they have the property of being true of those items—one could not state fact in saying them to have such a property—nor, equally, is it a fact that the words or concept are not true of the items. Grant all that, and the status of those words and concepts with respect to these truth-involving properties is perfectly determinate, in the relevant sense.

We await an account, of course, of how such a thing could be. But if it were so, as we will see, it would be a good candidate for disagreeing with the picture. There would be something which in the future will count as a fact. But that something would not now (yet) count as a fact. The fact—when it does come to count as such—would be one about what the semantics of the words now is, and what their now having that semantics requires. But one would not yet state truth in saying it to be a fact. There is the matter of the semantics of the words being what it is; and there is the matter of the semantics of the words being such-andsuch.

Optionally we may also say that what was said in the words in the first case differs from what was said in those words in the second. The speakings may also differ with respect to yet other semantic properties. m. on Sunday, say. I will not argue here that the above description of those speakings is correct. The present point, after all, is not to prove the dominant picture wrong, but to identify something which would be at odds with it. Correspondingly, what we want to see at present is what would happen if there were phenomena like the one described, either in this case, or in similar ones.

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