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Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy$
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Sandra Laugier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226470542

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226037554.001.0001

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From Empiricism to Realism

From Empiricism to Realism

(p.15) Chapter One From Empiricism to Realism
Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy

Sandra Laugier

Daniela Ginsburg

University of Chicago Press

This chapter begins by comparing three different “stagings” of language. The first is well known: Quine's scene of radical translation. The second is the scene invented by Wittgenstein in the Philosophical Investigations based on Augustine's description in the Confessions of learning language, a description Wittgenstein cites at the beginning of the Investigations. The third scene, which will be addressed in the later sections of this chapter, is from Austin, and with it begins How to Do Things with Words. The last scene differs from the first two in that it takes place within a social and institutional context. The three points of view presented here share in common a criticism, stated in different ways, of the myth of meaning.

Keywords:   language, radical translation, wittgenstein, augustine, austin, institutional context, meaning

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