[Wittrs] New reply to Re: When Meaning isn't Use by zettel
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Fri Aug 26 14:10:37 CDT 2011
Wittrs -- Wittgenstein's Aftermath
Subject: Re: When Meaning isn't Use Author: zettel Date: Fri, 26 August 2011 14:51
I find the metaphor at (1) confusing. Use "creates" meaning? So "here's the use and there's the meaning it created"? And it is quite hard to find any meaning in the suggestion that sometimes "meaning" can be explained with reference to a use that "does not create a successful meaning". Maybe some examples would help. I doubt it.
2. Surely, though, even for words that only had one use you would still have to explain that use (unless the word in question was a proper name) to give their meaning?
3. I disagree with your suggestion that we should just take §43 as a rough draft. This was, after all, part of an MS that Wittgenstein had worked on extensively and actually sent to the publishers. True, he later recalled the MS but that seems to have been more to do with dissatisfaction over his comments about the philosophy of psychology than anything in the first 200 or so sections (it could also have been because he wasn't happy publishing the work without a section dealing with mathematics - something he had originally intended to include). In the fifteen or so years after he wrote the PI's opening he never once returned to the subject of meaning as use - whereas he hammered away at the philosophy of psychology almost up until the day he died. This suggests, to me at least, that §43 is very much a finished article.
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