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Title: The pattern in the weave : an account of Wittgenstein's remarks on meaning-as-use and of their relation to social psychology
Author: McKinlay, Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0001 2445 9025
Awarding Body: University of St Andrews
Current Institution: University of St Andrews
Date of Award: 1989
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The thesis begins with a criticism of the 'theory of meaning' approach to the philosophy of language. It then goes on to establish an account of language understanding in terms of Wittgenstein's comments on rule-following and meaning as use. This characterization is extended to aspects of the philosophy of social science. Inferences are then drawn, on the basis of this extension, as to the overall framework within which empirical social studies should be located. A critical assessment is offered of a specific social scientific theory which is, in some ways, typical of empirical social research. This criticism is followed by a formulation of an alternative approach to empirical questions in the social sciences. The alternative approach is depicted as more sympathetic to the general perspective on social scientific theories outlined earlier.
Supervisor: Potter, Johnathan ; Squires, Roger Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Wittgenstein/theory of meaning