Rule-Following I: The Basic Issues

Philosophy Compass:e12900 (forthcoming)
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Abstract

‘Rule-following’ is a name for a cluster of phenomena where we seem both guided and “normatively” constrained by something general in performing particular actions. Understanding the phenomenon is important because of its connection to meaning, representation, and content. This article gives an overview of the philosophical discussion of rule-following with emphasis on Kripke’s skeptical paradox and recent work on possible solutions. Part I of this two-part contribution is devoted to the basic issues from Wittgenstein to Kripke. Part II will be about recent answers to the skeptical paradox and Boghossian’s and Wright’s new puzzles.

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Indrek Reiland
University of Vienna

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