Meaning scepticism and scientism
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Wittgenstein suggests that, right from the beginning of inquiry we are already starting with a conception of what an answer to questions should look like, which might prejudice us against other ways of tackling the issue. Meaning and rule-following are intimately connected: even if I don't always consciously follow explicit rules, knowing what a word means implies knowing rules for a word's correct application. Someone might, perhaps, insist that even though we cannot render intelligible the tribe's signs, they could nevertheless be part of an alternative conceptual scheme, which might be largely true, but untranslatable. One can only express truths in a language, but whether or not these truths obtain is not language-dependent. To reject what Sellars calls the Myth of the Given is not to reject objective truth or realism. If what is argued in this chapter is correct, then neither Davidson's principle of charity, nor Wittgenstein's appeal to shared practices and judgements, is a pragmatic device.