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  1. Languages, Language-Games, and Forms of Life.Daniel Whiting - 2017 - In H.-J. Glock & J. Hyman (eds.), A Companion to Wittgenstein. Wiley-Blackwell.
    In this paper, after outlining the methodological role Wittgenstein's appeal to language-games is supposed to play, I examine the picture of language which his discussion of such games and their relations to what Wittgenstein calls forms of life suggests. It is a picture according to which language and its employment are inextricably connected to wider contexts—they are embedded in specific natural and social environments, they are tied to purposive activities serving provincial needs, and caught up in distinctive ways of life (...)
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  • Meaning for Radical Contextualists: Travis and Gadamer on Why Words Matter.Greg Lynch - 2018 - Philosophical Investigations 41 (1):22-41.
    Charles Travis and Hans-Georg Gadamer both affirm radical contextualism, the view that natural language is ineliminably context-sensitive. However, they offer different accounts of the role linguistic meaning plays in determining the contents of utterances. I discuss the differences between Travis's and Gadamer's views of meaning and offer an argument in favour of the latter. I argue that Travis's view assumes a principled distinction between literal and figurative speech that is at odds with his wider contextualist commitments. By contrast, Gadamer's view, (...)
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