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philosopher_wannabe said...

Hi Jason,

Could you please explain me what Wittgenstein means by the term 'language-game'?


Quirinius_Quine said...

It's a little hard to explain, because Wittgenstein never gave a definition of it, and didn't think one could be given. Basically, the idea is that there's a lot more to the functioning of language than 'stating facts' and or 'describing reality'. Language is also used for:

"...reporting an event, speculating about an event, forming and testing a hypothesis, making up a story, reading it, play- acting, singing catches, guessing riddles, making a joke, translating, asking, thanking, and so on" --

The best way to get a handle on it would be to read Wittgenstein's "Philosophical Investigations", and see the different examples he gives.

philosopher_wannabe said...

I was looking at philosophy faculty webpages and I came across Gettier at