chapter  10
The Reality of Rule-Following
ByPhilip Pettit
Pages 21

Drawing on Wittgensteinian materials, Saul Kripke has raised a problem for anyone who thinks that we follow rules, say rules of meaning, in the ordinary sense of that phrase: the sense in which it suggests that rules are entities we can identify at a time and form the intention of trying to honour thereafter.1 He has presented a skeptical challenge to the idea of rule-following, elaborating – if not wholly endorsing – arguments which purport to show that the idea is rooted in illusion.