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The Disabling Defect of a Private Language

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.003.0006
 The Disabling Defect of a Private Language

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Pears examines the question of what exactly the cause for the disabling effect, the consequence that we cannot distinguish between seeming right and being right, of a private language is. He introduces and evaluates two influential answers to this question and critically examines the importance of the possibility of a solitary language user to the notion of a logically private language.

Keywords: being right; private language; seeming right; Wittgenstein

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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