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Single Idea 19270

[catalogued under 19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 10. Denial of Meanings]

Full Idea

What can there be in my mind that I make use of when I follow a general rule to add in the future? It seems that the entire idea of meaning vanishes into thin air.

Gist of Idea

If you ask what is in your mind for following the addition rule, meaning just seems to vanish


Saul A. Kripke (Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language [1982], 2)

Book Reference

Kripke,Saul: 'Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language' [Blackwell 1993], p.22

A Reaction

Introspection probably isn't the best way to investigate the phenomenon of meaning. Indeed it seems rather old-fashioned and Cartesian. Kripke says, though, that seeking 'tacit' rules is even worse [end of note 22].