[lit-ideas] Re: Sounds right to me

  • From: wokshevs@xxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Phil Enns <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 17:48:31 -0330

A very astute piece of analysis the following is, bmhl. I have only niggling
comments to make which are not worth presenting on the same page as Phil's
comments. 

Walter O
MUN



Quoting Phil Enns <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxx>:

> Eric Dean wrote:
> 
> "Finally, the 'meaning' in a game is not to be found by examining the
> rules nor even, generally, in examining how the rules constrain the
> choices before the players.  It is, instead, to be found in how the
> players interact with one another through the actions offered by the
> rules -- the meaning is in what they're doing, not in syntactic
> analysis the rules might offer."
> 
> However, consideration of the rules is also part of the game.  It
> seems to me that Wittgenstein makes the distinction between rules and
> actions that follow rules a little less absolute by showing that when
> one learns a rule, one is learning how to follow a rule.  A rule is
> meaningful only in the context of examples of how to follow that rule.
>  If that is the case, then analyzing the rules might be thought of as
> consideration of the examples that constitute a game.  One might
> consider here the designated hitter in baseball, drug testing, or
> instant replay.  Each of these involves what I would take to be
> something like a syntactic analysis of rules in order to arrive at
> decisions regarding what examples of actions do or do not belong to
> the game.  Each of these brings into discussion the nature of the game
> and how the rules of the game relate to each other.  Each of these
> alters the game through analysis of the rules and examples of the
> rules.
> 
> I am not sure I can make any sense of there being meaning _in_ a game,
> but it seems to me that doing syntactic analysis, or transcendental
> deduction, can be meaningful insofar as it involves reflection on what
> examples are to count as being examples.  Furthermore, and continuing
> with the analogy of games, denying the role of syntactic analysis
> seems to deny the manner in which games are intentionally changed in
> order to bring about specific results.
> 
> 
> Sincerely,
> 
> Phil Enns
> Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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