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"Turning the Fly Around" The Relationship between Wittgenstein's Discussion of Meaning and the Self: An Exegesis and Defense

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Author: Dalby, Sean W.
Advisor: Haug, Matthew C.
Committee Members: Leventhal, Robert S.; Harris, James
Issued Date: 2009-05-15
Subjects: Wittgenstein
Rule following
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/1242
Description: My claim in this essay is that Wittgenstein's discussion of rule-following and meaning leaves us with a radically novel conception of the meaningfulness of language and that this in turn underpins his rejection of Cartesian dualism and traditional assumptions about the self that inform both realist and solipsistic positions. These connections are based largely off the first part of the Philosophical Investigations. In tracing these connections I hope to defend Wittgenstein's position as a tenable alternative.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy

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