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The Private Language Argument of Philosophical Investigations

David Pears

in The False Prison Volume Two

Published in print November 1988 | ISBN: 9780198244868
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598210 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019824486X.003.0005
 The Private Language Argument of Philosophical Investigations

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Shifts the discussion from Wittgenstein's treatment of sensations to his views on the method of re‐identifying them by means of a private language. Pears outlines Wittgenstein's private language argument and argues that it is a reductio ad absurdum that applies to a language for sensations whose connections with the physical world have been severed.

Keywords: language; private language argument; sensations; Wittgenstein; world

Chapter.  14849 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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