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Wittgenstein's Private Language: Grammar, Nonsense and Imagination in “Philosophical Investigations”, §§ 243–315

Stephen Mulhall

Abstract

This book presents a detailed critical commentary on sections 243-315 of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: the famous remarks on ‘private language’. It makes detailed use of Stanley Cavell's interpretations of these remarks. It relates disputes about the interpretation of this aspect of Wittgenstein's later philosophy to a recent, highly influential controversy about how to interpret Wittgenstein's early text, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, by drawing and testing out a distinction between resolute and substantial understandings of the related notions of grammar, nonsense and th ... More

Keywords: Philosophical Investigations, Cavell, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, philosophical method

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199208548
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208548.001.0001

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Stephen Mulhall, author
New College, Oxford
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