2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Interdisciplinary

Some Thoughts on Meaning and Language
Jonathan M. Livengood
Dr. Janet Davis, Faculty Mentor

Ludwig Wittgenstein suggested a skeptical paradox that reaches even to mathematics. We can have no justification for attributions of meaning to signs because there is an ineliminable slack between actual and potential experience. Wittgenstein offered a skeptical solution to his paradox, which can be profitably conjoined with Peircean pragmaticism, a move that highlights interesting parallels with David Hume's thoughts on induction. From this stance, I argue that language exhibits a tension between custom and habit, an understanding of which reconciles internalist and externalist views of meaning.

Keywords: Wittgenstein, Peirce, pragmatism, pragmaticism, Hume, meaning, language, mathematics

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 44-2
Location: VH 1408
Time: 4:00

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