Date Thesis Awarded

5-2009

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

Philosophy

Advisor

Matthew C. Haug

Committee Member

Robert S. Leventhal

Committee Member

James Harris

Abstract

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.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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