[FOM] A Reductio of Witt.

Charlie silver_1 at mindspring.com
Tue Feb 21 14:22:53 EST 2017

	Before we get too involved in accepting problems with carrying out a rule, note that Kripke, in his book on Wittgenstein, supposes he’s only previously added numbers smaller than 57.  Then, attempting to follow Wittgenstein, he formulates a rule for adding two numbers — i.e., quussing two numbers..	

	Again, here’s Kripke’s definition of “quus”:

		x ⊕ y =  x + y,  if x, y < 57
			 = 5          otherwise.

	Kripke asks “Who is to say that this is not the function I previously meant by ‘+’ “? 

	Note that Kripke isn’t being himself here, he’s trying to *interpret* Wittgenstein, and it may well be — Kripke is coy about this — that Kripke is providing us with a *Reductio* of Wittgenstein.  (Please note that we *can* give a precise, rule-governed definition of “plus” [in terms of specifying the “addition” of any two one-digit numbers, and then “carrying” when the sum exceeds nine].)

	 This is different from “continuing (a finite sequence) in the same way”, since “same way” is unclear.  “Addition" is not.

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