<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Baker (Lynne Rudder) - On the Very Idea of a Form of Life (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_21/PaperSummary_21281.htm">On the Very Idea of a Form of Life</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Baker (Lynne Rudder).htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Inquiry, 27:277 89, 1984</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21281.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PapersToNotes_21281.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>Author s Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Drawing on writers as diverse as <a name="14"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/K/Author_Kripke (Saul).htm">Saul Kripke</A>, <a name="15"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Cavell (Stanley).htm">Stanley Cavell</A>, <a name="16"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/A/Author_Anscombe (G.E.M.).htm">G.E.M. Anscombe</A>, <a name="17"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/L/Author_Lear (Jonathan).htm">Jonathan Lear</A>, and <a name="18"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/W/Author_Williams (Bernard).htm">Bernard Williams</A>, I offer an interpretation of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>1</SUP> s key notion of a form of life that explains why <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>2</SUP> was so enigmatic about it. </li><li>Then, I show how <a name="19"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/P/Author_Putnam (Hilary).htm">Hilary Putnam</A>'s criticism of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>3</SUP>'s philosophy of mathematics and Richard Rorty's support of (what he takes to be) <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>4</SUP>'s legacy in the philosophy of mind both require mistaken assumptions about <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>5</SUP>'s idea of a form of life. </li><li>Finally, I consider the extent to which the idea of a form of life is subject to <a name="20"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/D/Author_Davidson (Donald).htm">Donald Davidson</A>'s critique of the idea of a conceptual scheme. </li></ol> </FONT><BR><U>Author s Introduction</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The idea of a form of life, which occupies a crucial position in <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>6</SUP>'s later thought, was passed over almost in silence by <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>7</SUP> himself. I want to show why <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>8</SUP> was so spare in his elaboration of the idea of a form of life - explicitly mentioning forms of life only five times in the whole <em>Philosophical Investigations</em> - and how later philosophers, even of the stature of Putnam and <a name="21"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/R/Author_Rorty (Richard).htm">Richard Rorty</A>, have missed the significance of <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>9</SUP>'s reticence. </li><li>After discussing the most persuasive interpretation of <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>10</SUP>'s idea of a form of life, I shall draw on recent work by Kripke and Lear in order to expose some of the difficulties of elucidation of the idea of form of life. Then, I shall try to show how Putnam's criticism of <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>11</SUP>'s philosophy of mathematics and Rorty's support of what he takes to be <a name="12"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>12</SUP>'s legacy in the philosophy of mind both require mistaken assumptions about <a name="13"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_110.htm">Wittgenstein</A><SUP>13</SUP>'sidea of a form of life. Finally, I shall consider the extent to which Davidson's critique of the idea of a conceptual scheme is applicable to the idea of a form of life. </li></ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="W2910W"></a><A HREF = "http://people.umass.edu/lrb/files/bak84ontS.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</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="2018-08-02T09:34" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:34:51</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>