Measuring Wittgenstein’s Language Games

For a brief moment in class today, I toyed with the idea (in my head) of asking just what if there were a way of measuring language games so that one could arguably state that language game A is better than language game B, what could this measurement be?

If we by some miracle could catalog understanding into levels of better (clearer?) understanding and worse (unclear?) understanding, then could we arguably say that a language game A is better than language game B because there is less misunderstanding?

There are of course some assumptions here. Ones I’ve identified:

  • There is a truth out there (lampness or butterness depending on your preference of condiments over other artifacts)
  • We can somehow get at that truth in a clear, meaningful way
  • We can categorize (clearly, meaningfully) levels of understanding

So what I’m proposing is that for posterity’s sake we accept those assumptions and play with the question and perhaps even the meaning of “better” when asking if language game A is better than language game B.

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