9780415161473

Wittgenstein, Rules and Institutions

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415161473

  • ISBN10:

    0415161479

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-07-22
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

David Bloor's challenging new evaluation of Wittgenstein's account of rules and rule-following brings together the rare combination of philosophical and sociological viewpoints. Wittgenstein enigmatically claimed that the way we follow rules is an "institution" without ever explaining what he meant by this term. Wittgenstein's contribution to the debate has since been subject to sharply opposed interpretations by "collectivist" and "individualist" readings by philosophers; in the light of this controversy, Bloor argues convincingly for a collectivist, sociological understanding of Wittgenstein's later work. Accessible and simply written, this book provides the first consistent sociological reading of Wittgenstein's work for many years.

Table of Contents

Preface ix(4)
Acknowledgements xiii(2)
Abbreviations xv
1 INTRODUCTION
1(8)
2 MEANING FINITISM
9(18)
3 RULES AS INSTITUTIONS
27(16)
4 CONSCTENTIOUSNESS
43(15)
5 RULE SCEPTICISM
58(16)
6 THE ANALOGY WITH VON MISES
74(5)
7 INDIVIDUALISM
79(12)
8 ISOLATION AND INNOVATION
91(21)
9 RULES AND THE STATE OF NATURE
112(22)
10 CONCLUSION
134(11)
Notes 145(13)
Bibliography 158(7)
Name index 165(2)
Subject index 167

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