How to follow a rule : practice based rule following in Wittgenstein

Adanalı, Yurdagül Kılınç
Rule following is a central concept in the philosophy of Wittgenstein who was one of the pioneers of modern philosophy. Wittgenstein criticizes the traditional concepts of rule, because they were vague, ambiguous, and idealized. He thinks that it is not possible to isolate rules from practice and that a rule takes its meaning in a certain context or in practice. Wittgenstein̕s concept of rule following is closely related to a set of concepts: internal relation, understanding, criterion. These concepts explains the intimate relation between rule following and practice. Wittgenstein believes that his theory of rule following does not generate some problems such as paradox of interpretation and regression. Furthermore, the concept of practice plays a central role in Wittgenstein̕s view of rule following. He removes metaphysical speculations that are put forward concerning the أessenceؤ of rule following and locates rule following in a form of life, that is in a natural context. With this, he provides an explanation that clarifies misuses of language and establishes a correct relation between theory and practice.


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Y. K. Adanalı, “How to follow a rule : practice based rule following in Wittgenstein,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2005.