Engaging Kripke with Wittgenstein: The Standard Meter, Contingent Apriori, and Beyond

Martin Gustafsson (Editor), Oskari Kuusela (Editor), Jakub Mácha (Editor)

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This volume draws connections between Wittgenstein’s philosophy and the work of Saul Kripke, especially his Naming and Necessity. Saul Kripke is regarded as one of the foremost representatives of contemporary analytic philosophy. His most important contributions include the strict distinction between metaphysical and epistemological questions, the introduction of the notions of contingent a priori truth and necessary a posteriori truth, and original accounts of names, descriptions, identity, necessity, and realism. The chapters in this book elucidate the relevant connections between Kripke’s work and Wittgenstein, specifically concerning the standard meter, contingent apriori, and rule-following. The contributions shed light on how Kripke’s philosophical outlook was influenced by Wittgenstein, and how mainstream analytic philosophy and Wittgensteinian philosophy can fruitfully engage with one another. Engaging Kripke with Wittgenstein will be of interest to philosophers working on Wittgenstein, Kripke, and the history of analytic philosophy.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages314
ISBN (Electronic)9781003240792
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2023


  • Kripke
  • Wittgenstein
  • logic
  • metaphysics

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