Essay 4: The Paradox in PU § 201

Harald Johannessen


Kripke’s interpretation of PI § 201 seems to have hit a raw nerve in many scholars and epigones of Wittgenstein. The reactions were in some cases furious: Kripke was accused of not paying attention to the second part of the paragraph, and thus totally misunderstanding the position of Wittgenstein. I think I succeed in showing that some of the critics of Kripke fail to heed the third, and final, part of the paragraph.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; analysis of PI §201; criticism of criticism of Kripke; interpretation; literary cruces; paradox; thinking

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