Particular and general: Wittgenstein, linguistic rules and context

Whiting, Daniel (2010) Particular and general: Wittgenstein, linguistic rules and context. In, Whiting, Daniel (eds.) The Later Wittgenstein on Language. London, UK, Palgrave, 114-132. (Philosophers in Depth).

This is the latest version of this item.


[img] PDF
Download (207Kb)


Wittgenstein held two views which appear to be - and have been taken by many to be - incompatible. First, the meaning of an expression is determined by a general rule governing its employment. Second, what is expressed in the utterance of an expression is determined by the particular circumstances on that occasion. In this paper, I attempt to vindicate Wittgenstein's apparent willingness to maintain both positions by arguing that they are not in tension and by rejecting arguments designed to show otherwise.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: In this paper, I use the standard abbreviations for Wittgenstein's texts.
ISBNs: 9780230219687 (hardback)
Keywords: wittgenstein, language, linguistic, rule, context, contextualism, meaning
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ePrint ID: 79897
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
22 January 2010Published
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:16

Available Versions of this Item

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics