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Disclosing the WorldOn the Phenomenology of Language$
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Andrew Inkpin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033916

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033916.001.0001

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Language and the Structure of Practice

Language and the Structure of Practice

(p.161) 6 Language and the Structure of Practice
Disclosing the World

Andrew Inkpin

The MIT Press

This chapter uses the late Wittgenstein’s ‘praxeological’ conception of language, based on the language-game analogy, to explicate the Heideggerian framework’s notion of pragmatic sense. Having argued that Wittgenstein’s views can be integrated within a phenomenology of language, it clarifies the intrinsic connection between language and practice underlying the notion of language-games, and the reasons for Wittgenstein’s rejection of the calculus model. It shows how the later Wittgenstein develops a more relaxed attitude to rules that both reconceives the shape of rules – to resemble statistical distributions around a norm – and acknowledges several constraints and limitations on the role of rules in practice. It argues that with these revisions Wittgenstein provides suitably versatile means for describing linguistic practices and thus for explicating their disclosive function and the notion of pragmatic sense in a phenomenologically plausible manner.

Keywords:   Wittgenstein, phenomenology of language, praxeological, language-games, linguistic practices, calculus model, rules, disclosive function, pragmatic sense, Heideggerian framework

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