Language Games: Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy

Dissertation, Wayne State University (1991)
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This dissertation is a discussion of Wittgenstein's later philosophy. In it, Wittgenstein's answer to the "going on problem" will be presented: I will give his reply to the skeptic who denies that rule-following is possible. Chapter One will describe this problem. Chapter Two will give Wittgenstein's answer to it. Chapter Three will show how Wittgenstein used this answer to give the standards of mathematics. Chapter Four will compare Wittgenstein's answer to the going on problem to Plato's. Chapter Five will describe Kant's influence on Wittgenstein's later philosophy. The leitmotif of these chapters will be that the way human beings typically apply a rule is the source of justification for an individual's usage.
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