On the Question Whether Language Has a Social Nature: Some Aspects of Winch and Others on Wittgenstein
Margaret P. Gilbert
University of California, Irvine
Synthese, Vol. 56, pp. 301-318, 1983
Two claims common in wittgenstein exegesis are addressed, With special reference to a well-known discussion by Peter Winch. First: the claim that one person's language must be intelligible to another is ambiguous; one interpretation is intuitively plausible; strong, Less plausible versions are ascribed to Wittgenstein. Inattention to the ambiguity noted could facilitate their acceptance. Second: the claim that the necessity for standards of correctness in the use of language has as a direct consequence the need for social standards is false and probably misrepresents Wittgenstein.
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Keywords: Correctness, Intelligibility, Language, Nature, Wittgenstein
Date posted: December 14, 2007 ; Last revised: July 14, 2011