<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Chihara (Charles S.) & Fodor (Jerry) - Operationalism and Ordinary Language: A Critique of Wittgenstein (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperSummary_642.htm">Operationalism and Ordinary Language: A Critique of Wittgenstein</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Chihara (Charles S.).htm">Chihara (Charles S.)</a> & <A HREF = "../../Authors/F/Author_Fodor (Jerry).htm">Fodor (Jerry)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Fodor - Representations - Philosophical Essays on the Foundations of Cognitive Science</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperSummary_642.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PapersToNotes_642.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>This paper explores some lines of argument in <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>1</SUP>'s post-Tractatus writings in order to indicate the relations between <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>2</SUP>'s philosophical psychology, on the one hand, and his philosophy of language, his epistemology, and his doctrines about the nature of philosophical analysis on the other. </li><li>The authors maintain that the later writings of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>3</SUP> express a coherent doctrine in which an operationalistic analysis of confirmation and language supports a philosophical psychology of a type the authors call "logical behaviorism." </li><li>They also maintain that there are good grounds for rejecting the philosophical theory implicit in <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>4</SUP>'s later works. In particular, <ol type="i"><li>they first argue that <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>5</SUP>'s position leads to some implausible conclusions concerning the nature of language and psychology; </li><li>second, they maintain that the arguments <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>6</SUP> provides are inconclusive; and </li><li>third, they sketch an alternative position which they believe avoids many of the difficulties implicit in <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>7</SUP>'s philosophy.</ol></li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Also in <a name="8"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_145.htm">Rosenthal (David), Ed. - The Nature of Mind</A>"<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T05:35" pubdate>02/08/2018 05:35:43</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>