Gordon Baker on the Non-additivity of Philosophical Conceptions vs. The Possibility of Multidimensional Logical Descriptions

Kuusela, Oskari (2014) Gordon Baker on the Non-additivity of Philosophical Conceptions vs. The Possibility of Multidimensional Logical Descriptions. Nordic Wittgenstein Review, 3 (2). pp. 71-98. ISSN 2242-248X

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Abstract

This paper discusses Gordon Baker’s interpretation of the later Wittgenstein, in particular his interpretation of the notion of Wittgensteinian philosophical conceptions (Auffassungen) and the notions of non-exclusivity, local incompatibility, non-additivity and global pluralism which Baker uses to characterize Wittgensteinian conceptions. On the basis of this discussion, and a critique of certain features of Baker’s interpretation of Wittgensteinian conceptions, I introduce the notion of a multidimensional logical description of language use, explaining how this notion, which Baker’s interpretation excludes, constitutes and important element of the later Wittgenstein’s philosophical method of clarification and perspicuous representation. I conclude by explaining how Baker’s problematic notions of local incompatibility and non-additivity, if they are seen in the light of Wittgenstein’s criticisms of certain views of the completeness of philosophical or logical accounts, nevertheless point in the right direction.

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Additional Information: Open Access under the Creative Commons General Public License Attribution (CC-BY).
Uncontrolled Keywords: wittgenstein, gordon baker, perspicious representation, grammar, philosophy of logic
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 20:56
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 23:37
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/53521
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