Kripkenstein Meets the Chinese Room: Looking for the Place of Meaning from a Natural Point of View

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 41 (3):317-332 (1998)
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The discussion between Searle and the Churchlands over whether or not symbolmanipulating computers generate semantics will be confronted both with the rulesceptical considerations of Kripke/wittgenstein and with Wittgenstein's privatelanguage argument in order to show that the discussion focuses on the wrong place: meaning does not emerge in the brain. That a symbol means something should rather be conceived as a social fact, depending on a mutual imputation of linguistic competence of the participants of a linguistic practice to one another. The alternative picture will finally be applied to small children, animals, and computers as well.



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