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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 11, Issue 3, Septiembre 1996

Adrian-Paul Iliescu
Pages 33-47

Rational Reconstruction
Preconditions and Limits

The aim of this paper is to investigate the preconditions and the limits of rational reconstruction in the philosophy of language, as these preconditions and limits can be deduced from Wittgenstein’s arguments against philosophical constructivism. It will be shown that a main precondition of reconstructions in the field of language is the existence of non-arbitrary patterns of linguistic use, while the limits of this kind of theoretical enterprise derive precisely from the absence of such patterns.

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