Chomsky, Knowledge of Language and the Rule-Following Considerations

Cain, Mark J. (2003) Chomsky, Knowledge of Language and the Rule-Following Considerations. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 75-77.


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According to Noam Chomsky, speakers of a language have a substantial body of propositional knowledge of that language that they draw upon in language production and comprehension. Since the late 1950s Chomsky"s project has been to characterise that knowledge and give an account of its acquisition. Arguably, one of the most powerful philosophical challenges to Chomsky"s output is generated by the rule following considerations of Philosophical Investigations §§ 138-242. My aim in this paper is to characterise the nature of this challenge, a topic that, rather surprisingly, has received relatively little attention in the philosophical literature.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge of Language; Rule Following; Chomsky, N.; Wittgenstein, L.; Kripke S.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Logik, analytische Philosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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